The 76ers (1-4) will face a rematch with the Raptors (3-2) on Friday in Toronto to level the two-game regular-season streak in Raptors territory.
The Sixers fell 119-109 on Wednesday. Although the Sixers matched the Raptors’ goal in the second half, they struggled to overcome the Raptors’ 35-27 advantage in the first quarter.
Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey were the Sixers’ top scorers with 31 points each. Six Raptors ended up in double digits, led by Gary Trent Jr.’s 27 points, including five 3-pointers.
Wednesday’s meeting between the Sixers and Raptors also marked the first time all three of the NBA’s Cameroonian players shared a seat, as Embiid faced Raptors Pascal Siakam and Christian Koloko.
Friday’s rematch marks the second game on a four-game road trip for the Sixers, who travel to the Chicago Bulls (3-2) in the second half of a consecutive Saturday and finish the trip against the Washington Wizards (3-1) Monday .
Matchup Tips from Friday at 7:30pm ET.
The most important performances on Wednesday
- Embiid had 31 points, five rebounds and three assists, shooting an efficient 12-for-17 from upfield and 2-for-4 from long-range.
- Maxey added a season-high 31 points of his own, 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 appearance this season and the eighth of his young career.
“As good as Tyrese was, I still thought we could have given him more of the ball on the switch,” Doc Rivers said after the game. “He’s a jet. We just have to get into the habit of putting the ball in front of him, getting him the ball and seeing if he gets there and if he doesn’t – bring it out and take it.
- Harden totaled 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, notching a season-high 12 points along with three rebounds, five assists and three steals. Melton shot 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from deep in his 22 minutes of play.
“Melt played well,” Maxey said of Melton after the game. “His shooting is really good for us. That he can catch and shoot like he does is really awesome. What he then brings on the defensive – he brings the intensity.”
Quote for reference:
Tyrese Maxey, Postlude:
“I’m just trying 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.” We’re all still trying to figure it out. We have three or four new rotation types, so it’s difficult – but once we figure it out, it’s going to be great.”
Coupled with Trent’s 27-point outing Wednesday, the Raptors saw steady contributions across the roster.
Siakam hit a double-double with 20 points, 13 assists and five rebounds. Scottie Barnes added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as well as five assists and a steal. Fred VanVleet averaged 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. is out Friday (personal reasons).
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