Tuesday, November 26, 2019 2:40 PM | CBN
It was a victorious Monday night for the Toronto Raptors as they routed the Philadelphia 76ers by 5 points; a modest yet powerful lead occurring all within the final few minutes of the game.
Pascal Siakam, who kicked off Toronto’s game-winning lead by delivering a 3-point play with just 1:01 remaining, brought a total of 25 points for his team. Fred VanVleet, who pushed Toronto’s one-point edge to three in the game’s final seconds, brought a total of 24 points.
Furthermore, Toronto’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds, with OG Anunoby scoring 12 points, Terence Davis scoring 11 and Norman Powell scoring 10.
“I think we ended it with eight consecutive stops to end the game, that’s pretty good, especially in a close game like that,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse.
“I think that they play an aggressive style of defence where at first sometimes you’re not sure where they’re coming from,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the Raptors.
“They keep you ready. Despite Kawhi not being here and Danny not being here and Kyle out, they still play with a style that is respected.
Amidst all of the Raptors’ success thus far this season, including being listed in the top 5 of 30 in overall net efficiency rankings, coach Nurse recognizes that it’s still very early on — and to put any focus right now on the numbers isn’t quite his style.
“We’ve played really tough competition. I’m not really caught up on where we’re ranked right now,” Nurse shared last week.
For the losing Sixers, notable contributions included Josh Richardson who brought 25 points and Tobias Harris who brought 18. And it was a special night for Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, but not in a good way — as he shot 0 for 11 which marked the first scoreless night in his career. Embiid also finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.
"I can't have this type of production," said Embiid after the game.
"I would have never thought that I would be here, talking about zero points in an NBA game, but here's what it is. Some nights you make shots, some nights you don't ... You gotta keep grinding and keep working."
And ain’t that the truth.
On Wednesday night, the Raptors will go on to face New York, and the 76ers will go on to play Sacramento.
Sources: NBA, ESPN, Associated Press, The Star