Raptors Prolong The Playoffs With A Win Over The 76ers

With the onset of Game 5, the time has come for teams to closeout their series. One of the teams in that situation are the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are leading 3-1 in the series against the Toronto Raptors. With homecourt advantage, the 76ers need to win just one game to move on to the 2nd round.

The Philadelphia 76er went with the starting lineup of James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid. The Toronto Raptors started with Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid.

Game Summary

Starting with the tip-off, James Harden opened up the scoring for the 76ers with a turnaround fadeaway. But the Raptors were focused so they answered every shot that the 76ers were throwing at them. Most importantly, both teams’ defense were talking about the urgency of the match.

Joel Embiid was attacking at will in the interior and Tobias Harris was shooting from beyond the arc. The Raptors were betting on their team play led by Gary Trent Jr. When the 2nd quarter started, the Raptors knew they need to stop Embiid from doing whatever he wants, so they clogged the paint whenever Embiid went for the attack.

Also the versatility of the Raptors defense allowed them to cover he perimeter players as well. Their tactic worked as the 76ers’ wing players were struggling to make their shots. Only Danny Green was able to score three of his 3s while the rest could not get the shots to fall. On the other hand, the Raptors were being careful with their attacks and they used the clock to their advantage. This led them to make efficient shots, hence leading the game in the 1st half with a score of 54-41.

With the 2nd half starting, the Raptors hot hands suddenly felt cold as they were not able to knock most of their shots. The 76ers knew they needed some kind of a spark but their superstar, Joel Embiid wasn’t able to do his magic. Tyrese Maxey tried to keep the 76ers in the game but his efforts were in vain.

In the 4th quarter, the 76ers struggles continued. Embiid who should have been the one to drive is team to the finish line and got relaxed in the game. Nobody stepped up for the 76ers and they kept falling behind. The Raptors were playing with a more physical approach in the game. Their offence was thoughtful and so was their defense. They built up a lead early in the game and stuck with it till the end.

Box Score

Joel Embiid led his team in scoring with a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Tobias Harris supported Embiid in any way he could putting up 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. James Harden was atrocious as he put up 15 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 5 turnovers. Danny Green put up 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors in scoring with a double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Precious Achiuwa came off the bench and gave 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Gary Trent Jr. put up 16 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. OG Anunoby showed up with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Scottie Barnes was all over the court with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Takeaways from Game 5

The Toronto Raptors won Game 5 with a scoreline of 103-88. They are now trailing 2-3 in the series and inching closer to create NBA history. They are feeling confident about their chances as they are now heading in their home turf for Game 6. Feeling confident about their chances, the Raptors will be looking for the vital time to strike.

The Philadelphia 76ers need to step up. They are now in a vulnerable spot having to go to the Raptor’s stadium for Game 6. They need to finish the game then and there if they want to move on to the next round. Else putting their faith on Game 7 at home is very risky because anything’s possible in a Game 7.

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