With only 48 hours to go between Games 1 and 2, the Toronto Raptors needed to make some major adjustments if they were to hope to tie their series to the first round against Philadelphia 76ers and avoid falling into the 0-2 hole. On the flip side, the 76ers want to repeat Saturday 1’s game performance in as many ways as possible in order to take a 2-0 lead in the series over the border to Game 3. With three quarters in the books, the 76ers will look like they’re on their way to victory. else.
The 76ers opened the first-round series with the Raptors winning 131-111, thanks in large part to Tyrese Maxi’s stellar performance. Maxi scored in Philadelphia 38 points. He also received a good amount of help from Joel Embiid (19 points, 15 rebounds), James Harden (22 points, 14 assists) and Tobias Harris (26 points, six assists). Toronto looked over the top for the majority of the first game. Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 24 points and seven assists, and OG Anunoby added 20 points and seven rebounds, but in the end their combined production wasn’t enough. We’ll see if that changes tonight.
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