Sixers game: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors, 10/28/22
The 76ers (1-4) face the Raptors (3-2) on Friday in Toronto, looking to tie the two-game regular-season series on Raptors territory.
The Sixers fell, 119-109, Wednesday. Despite tying the Raptors’ score in the second half, the Sixers struggled to overcome the Raptors’ 35-27 advantage in the first quarter.
Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey were the Sixers’ leading scorers, each scoring 31 points. Six Raptors finished in double digits, led by Gary Trent Jr.’s 27 points, including five 3-pointers.
Wednesday’s meeting between the Sixers and the Raptors also marked the first time the three Cameroonian NBA players shared the court, as Embiid took on Raptors Pascal Siakam and Christian Koloko.
Friday’s rematch marks the second game of a four-game road trip for the Sixers, traveling to visit the Chicago Bulls (3-2) for the second half of a straight Saturday, and capping the trip against the Washington Wizards. (3-1) Monday.
Friday’s match tips at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Wednesday’s top performances
- Embiid had 31 points, five rebounds and three assists, shooting an efficient 12 for 17 from the field and 2 for 4 from long range.
- Maxey added a season-high 31 points plus five rebounds, six assists and two steals. He shot 12 for 21 from the field and 4 for 8 from deep.
- Wednesday’s performance marked Maxey’s first 30-plus-point outing of the season, and the eighth such outing in his young career.
“As good as Tyrese was, I always thought we could have given him more of the ball in transition,” Doc Rivers said after the game. “It’s a jet plane. We just have to keep the habit of pushing the ball to him, giving him the ball and seeing if he can get there, and if not, taking it out and running it.
- Harden had 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in 36 minutes of play. He shot 3-on-6 from long range and 5-on-6 from the foul line.
- Melton led the way for the Sixers bench, scoring a season-high 12 points plus three rebounds, five assists and three steals. Melton shot 5 for 7 from the field and 2 for 4 from the bottom in his 22 minutes of play.
“Melt played well,” Maxey said of Melton’s postgame. “His shooting is really good for us. For him to be able to catch and shoot like he does is really great. Then what he brings on the defensive side – he brings intensity.
Quote to note:
Tyrese Maxey, post-match:
“I just try to go out there and help us win in all facets of the game – shoot the ball when I’m supposed to shoot, pass when I’m supposed to pass. We’re all still trying to figure it out. We have three or four new guys in rotation, so it’s tough – but once we get the hang of it, it’ll be great.
Along with Trent’s 27-point outing on Wednesday, the Raptors have seen consistent contributions to the lineup.
Siakam notched a double-double of 20 points, 13 assists and five rebounds. Scottie Barnes added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, plus five assists and a steal. Fred VanVleet had 15 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three blocks, while OG Anunoby contributed 15 points, two rebounds and three steals.
Chris Boucher led the Raptors bench with 13 points and four boards.
Otto Porter Jr. came out on Friday (personal reasons).
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