The Sixers have battled Hell at Scotiabank Arena! Under pressure in Game 6 away from their bases, Doc Rivers forces managed to turn their backs before the break to come back better after the break and kill the match during a one-sided third quarter.
Philadelphia started their meeting well, this time with the more aggressive James Harden, who scored 10 points in the first 9 minutes of the game (21-26). At +5 at the end of Chapter One, Joel Embiid’s forces had to capitalize on the Raptors’ mutiny, with an 11-0 counter-record by Chris Boucher on Danny Green followed by three points for the Canadian Inland (40-36).
Philly was able to resist, going ahead with two three-point rockets from Danny Green and then a block from Joel Embiid on Precious Uchiwa, followed by a basket near the Cameroonian circuit to equalize 46-46. It was then a new strike from afar by Therese Maxi and Danny Green that allowed the Sixers to stay ahead in the first half (61-62).
Finally in the third quarter the game completely changed. Philadelphia used the same recipe to send their opponent to the ropes, with the Gunners inspired to support the controlling Joel Embiid. Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey twice quickly widened the gap (67-79). It was 2 consecutive James Harden baskets including 3 pointers that forced Toronto to its knees (70-92).
The Raptors never recovered, while on the other side, George Niang, Tobias Harris and James Harden ended up ecstatic alongside Joel Embiid in the shot to the finish. Winners 132-97, here are the Sixers eligible for the next round. And it will be against the Miami Heat, the best regular season team in the Eastern Conference.
What to remember
One-sided third quarter. The contrast was striking upon returning from the locker room between the divorced Sixers and the Raptors who couldn’t put one foot in front of the other. Everything turned in Philly’s favor, who maintained the pace of his defense to generate distinctive offensive property with a major overseas title. RACING RESULT: Philadelphia went 19-2 in under five minutes to change the entire tide of the game. After defeating 37-17 in the third quarter, Toronto has yet to recover.
– Joel Embiid star. The Sixers’ center was enemy No. 1 at the Scotiabank Arena, a condition that gave him wings when the game turned in his team’s favour. In particular, there was this collision with Chris Boucher, who misjudged the Cameroonian under the circuit and grabbed the Sixers’ pivot foot while on the ground, causing a ruckus to start. The audience insulted him severely afterwards, and Joel Embiid seemed to appreciate it by inducing him to scream even louder. At the end of a one-sided match, he then gave himself a dip before dunking the crowd once more. Coincidence or coincidence, he took a big batch of Pascal Siakam in the next procedure, causing him a nice cut at the level of his right eyebrow. The battle was tough, but Joel Embiid left what he came for, victory. He even took Pascal Siakam in his arms after the match.
✅ Therese Maxi. It’s hard to talk about revelations in this first round as the captain has been impressive throughout the regular season. Tonight again, he was a constant threat to the opponent’s defense and gave himself 5/12 from distance to fuel his 25 points. He stood out especially in that record in the third quarter which was a turning point. Exactly what Philly needed.
✅ James Harden. The full-back only took one more shot than in the previous game but was more aggressive and involved in his team’s attack, firing 7/12 to match his 15 assists. Best +/- of his team (+38!).
✅⛔ Chris Boucher. It’s been the Raptors X factor… for half the time. With 19 points and 8 rebounds in 17 minutes in the first half. More discreet then, even if not uninteresting.
⛔ Precious Ichiwa. The one who used to be the Raptors’ X-factor at the end of the season has just passed, finishing at 1/7 in shooting and -21 in +/-. We can also mention OG Anunoby who starred occasionally in the series and who struggled to get into his match this time (5 points in 2/7 shooting).
Raptors vacation, semi-final conference against Miami for the Sixers.