With Game 3 over for most 1st round matchups, it is time to head to Game 4. The Philadelphia 76ers are 3-0 ahead in the series and is looking to end the 1st round with a sweep. The Toronto Raptors are in their home turf and they need this win to stay in the Playoffs.
The Raptors went with their starting lineup of Fred Van Vleet, Gary Trent Jr, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Khem Birch. The 76ers started with James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.
With the opening tip, the Raptors started off with a pull up jump-shot from the mid-range by Pascal Siakam. The 76ers responded with a pull-up 3 of their own. The intensity of the game can be felt in the stadium and the Raptors fans cheered for their team to come out of this situation.
The 76ers were no pushovers as well and were led by Tobias Harris and James Harden. Joel Embiid however could not get it going and struggled to shoot. It was more like he expected the Raptors to give up. But that did not happen at all.
In the 2nd quarter, Embiid started making his shots and he added to the 76ers’ scoring. For the Raptors, Gary Trent Jr. took the lead to score. Van Vleet was also ready to go but unfortunately he faced a hip injury in a play and had to come out of the game.
Watching Van Vleet exit might have been a sigh of relief for the 76ers but for the Raptors it was an unfavorable situation. Yet they did not give up . They ended the 1st half strong and had the lead 54-49.
In the start of the 2nd half, Scottie Barnes was brought to the court by the Raptors. He struggled offensively but he kept up with his defense as much as he could. Joel Embiid continued to attack but he was less physical than he was in Game 3.
The 76ers were cutting the lead but the Pascal Siakam was having none of it. He attacked the basket, made plays for his teammates, rebounded, drew fouls. He was doing almost everything to give his team the win and they sure did.
Pascal Siakam was the hero for the Raptors putting up 34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Gary Trent Jr. supported Siakam with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Although injured, Scottie Barnes took on the responsibility of grabbing the boards with 11 rebounds. Thaddeus Young put up 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 assists.
In the 76ers side, James Harden led them in scoring with 22 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Joel Embiid had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Tobias Harris had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Tyrese Maxey put up 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Takeaways from Game 4
The Raptors won Game 4 with a scoreline of 110-102. They are now trailing in the series 1-3. Taking one game at a time, the Raptors have a sliver of a chance to pull off a win. The 76ers have become laxed since they are leading by a huge margin. But they should know that if they relax too much, their opponent might creep in and take the series. Will the Raptors be the 1st team to come back from a 3-0 deficit?