NBA: The Raptors defeated in six, the 76ers fly to the 2nd round
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 132-97 on Thursday night to clinch their first-round series in six games.
The Raptors were trying to become the first team in NBA history to win a series after trailing 0-3.
In the second round, the 76ers will cross swords with the Miami Heat, first seed in the East.
Leading by one at halftime, the 76ers took control with a 17-0 streak midway through the third quarter. They had the upper hand 37-17 in the third period and never looked back.
Joel Embiid, however slowed by a ligament tear in the right thumb, was the author of 33 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
James Harden, limited to 15 points in Game 5, had 22 points, 15 assists and six rebounds.
Tyrese Maxey had 25 points and eight assists and Tobias Harris had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
« First off, hats off to the Sixers, » Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. We couldn’t stop them in the second half.
“On our side, there is a fine line between aggressive play and taking shots that have little chance of success. That said, no one can take away from our guys the fighting spirit they have shown. They will be able to draw a lot of positive from the series, but also from the season in general. »
Montrealer Chris Boucher was the spark plug for the Raptors in the first half from the bench. He finished the game with 25 points and 10 rebounds, including 19 points and nine rebounds in the first two quarters.
« Guys like Chris, Gary and Precious (Achiuwa) have grown a lot this season, and it was great to see Pascal get back to being himself, » said Nurse.
Pascal Siakam, again employed as a point guard in the absence of Fred VanVleet, had 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Gary Trent Jr. scored 19 points, including 11 in the first quarter, and Scottie Barnes had 18 points and seven rebounds.
OG Anunoby played 29 minutes but only contributed five points.
Raptors: The chain landed in the 2nd half
In addition, Nick Nurse’s group had a lot of trouble from the perimeter, with a success rate of 20% for shots from three points. The Sixers did much better, with 40 percent.
The Raptors tried to start a comeback by winning the previous two games, after Philly took the lead 3-0 in the series.
The leader and often the heart of the Raptors, VanVleet missed a second game in a row, due to a strained left hip.
“We are young and we have gained experience”