Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors struggled defensively to start off the game, allowing Joel Embiid to drop 12 points and Ben Simmons to score 8. 19 of Toronto's 23 1st quarter points came from either DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, or Jonas Valanciunas. These three Raptors were the only players able to get it going offensively. Toronto trailed the 76ers 23-32.
Fred VanVleet and DeRozan combined for 12 points in the 2nd quarter, while Embiid continued his dominance and dropped 6 points. The Raptors didn't respect T.J. McConnell on the defensive side, which allowed the 76ers guard to score 7 points in the quarter. McConnell isn't known for his scoring, which caught Toronto off guard. The Raptors were trailing 49-59 heading into halftime.
Embiid and J.J. Redick combined for 13 points to begin the first half, which helped the 76ers add more to their lead. Pascal Siakam dropped an impressive 7 points on the quarter off of the bench. The Raptors had their worst defensive quarter of the game, allowing Philadelphia to score 34 points. Toronto also committed 7 fouls, which is abnormally high for them. Toronto had to pick up the pace of they wanted to win, trailing the 76ers 75-93.
Delon Wright led the charge for the Raptors with 15 points in the final quarter, while DeRozan added 7 points of his own. Toronto was able to cut the Philadelphia lead to 1 point but were never able to fully take the lead. The biggest story of the game came in the very last minute of the game. Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons had to be separated and were both ejected after an altercation on the court. The two gestured to meet in the hallway as they were exiting the court, but sources say that the two did not have any interaction after being ejected. Toronto's comeback was cut short, and they were defeated by the 76ers 111-117.
DeMar DeRozan: 24pts, 5 rebounds
Delon Wright: 20pts, 4 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 13pts, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
Serge Ibaka: 10pts, 5 rebounds
Pascal Siakam: 11pts, 6 assists
C.J. Miles: 10pts
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