Siakam, Trent Jr. lead Raptors past slumping 76ers


Gary Trent Jr. scored 27 factors whereas Pascal Siakam had 20 factors and matched his career-high with 13 assists because the Raptors beat the struggling Philadelphia 76ers 119-109 on Wednesday in Toronto.

Six Raptors scored in double figures. Scottie Barnes completed with 16 factors and 10 boards, O.G. Anunoby and Fred VanVleet recorded 15 factors apiece, and Chris Boucher chipped in with 13 for the Raptors (3-1), who exacted a little bit of revenge after final season’s playoff loss.

Joel Embiid scored 31 factors to high the Sixers (1-4), who stumbled out to an 0-3 season begin that James Harden mentioned “felt like we had been 0-82” earlier than beating Indiana 120-106 on Monday.

There’s no love misplaced between the Eastern Conference rivals. Philly beat Toronto in six video games in final season’s first spherical of the playoffs, and the sting of that sequence, notably a 132-97 rout in Game 6, lingered. The sequence additionally noticed Barnes miss the higher a part of three video games after Embiid stepped on his foot.

“As a coach, once you lose one like that you must take into consideration that every one summer season,” coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “So, the aftermath of the non-execution half [in Game 6] stays with you for a very long time.”

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Raptors defeat 76ers as Trent Jr., Siakam lead the best way

Toronto beats Philadelphia 119-109, Gary Trent Jr. scores 27 factors whereas Pascal Siakam information 20 factors and game-high 13 assists.

The Raptors raced out to a 17-point first-half lead because of some scorching three-point capturing and glorious ball safety. But the Sixers chipped away on the distinction and when Tyrese Maxey scored on a fast-break dunk early within the fourth quarter, it was a six-point sport.

The Raptors replied, and VanVleet’s back-to-back three-pointers put Toronto again up by 11 with 3:43 to play. Harden’s three with 56 seconds to play sliced the distinction to seven, however Barnes, who was again after lacking Monday’s win at Miami with an ankle harm, transformed a three-point play to seal the victory.

Siakam served discover he was in for an excellent night time when he knocked down 4 broad open threes over former Raptor P.J. Tucker within the first quarter, and gave the impression to be speaking at Tucker all through. The Raptors led by 11 earlier than De’Anthony Melton’s three on the buzzer minimize the distinction to 35-27 to begin the second.

A operating reverse layup from Dalano Banton capped a 22-8 Raptors run that noticed them go up by 17 factors. The Sixers closed the half with a mini 13-6 run, and Toronto went into the break with a 63-53 lead.

The Raptors dedicated zero turnovers within the first half.

Led by Embiid’s 12 factors within the third, the Sixers climbed again to inside six factors, however Toronto closed the quarter with a 4-0 run to lead 89-79 with one quarter to play.

Cameroon connection

The sport featured all three of the NBA’s Cameroonian gamers: Siakam and Christian Koloko, who’re each from Douala, and Embiid, from Yaounde.

The Raptors play the Sixers once more at residence on Friday.


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