Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors struggled to contain Philadelphias' Joel Embiid, who scored 8 points right out of the gate. Serge Ibaka responded to Embiid's dominance by scoring 13 points of his own. Neither team gained any momentum in the 1st quarter, with the biggest point differential being 3. The Raptors and the 76ers were tied 27-27 heading into the 2nd quarter.
Kyle Lowry tallied 8 points in the quarter, which helped the Raptors to gain momentum of the game. Sixers' Dario Saric put up 8 points as well, but Philadelphia didn't take the momentum away from Toronto. With 3.4 seconds left in the 1st half, Kyle Lowry made a pull-up jump shot to put Toronto up by 9. The score after two was 55-46, in favor of the Raptors to close the half.
A little after the 9 minute-mark, Joel Embiid proved that he was a dominant force. Embiid overpowered the 245-pound Jonas Valanciunas, and posterized him. DeMar DeRozan boosted the Raptors lead by dropping 16 points. DeMar hit 3 three-pointers during the quarter, which is now a prominent part of his game. Going into the final quarter of play, Toronto led the 76ers 81-63.
Toronto maintained the lead for the rest of the game and coasted to victory. The only highlight of the 4th quarter came towards the end, when Serge Ibaka flushed down a driving dunk from the free throw line. This dunk served as the dagger to the 76ers, and it got the crowd at the Air Canada Centre wild. The Raptors defeated the 76ers 102-86.
DeMar DeRozan: 29pts, 5 rebounds, 4/7 3PM
Serge Ibaka: 17pts, 6 rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas: 12pts, 6 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 12pts, 5 assists, 3 steals
Delon Wright: 14pts, 3 steals
Jakob Poeltl: 6pts, 5 rebounds
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