Raptors smother Embiid-Harden duo

There are evenings when nothing goes and where everything is complicated… Facing the Raptors and in front of their home crowd, the Sixers tried a lot but they fell on a bone with an attack limited to 88 points and two very clumsy superstars at worst. moments: the “money time”.

Still, Doc Rivers’ men got off to a good start. Patients in attack, they manage to find Joel Embiid in good conditions and James Harden dictates this tempo perfectly.

Result: the Sixers are already 16 points ahead! But Philadelphia is a young team in terms of collective experience and the players show a certain relaxation. It is Pascal Siakam who launches the revolt at the end of the first act and Toronto returns under the bar of 10 points. Above all, confidence has changed sides…

In the second quarter, the Sixers can’t do it at all. It’s hard to attack this athletic Toronto defense and neither James Harden nor Joel Embiid have their usual performance. Conversely, opposite, the danger comes from everywhere. Chris Boucher and Scottie Barnes stand out on offense. They are helped by the indefatigable Siakam and the precious Achiuwa. Philadelphia conceded 30 points in this second quarter and now finds itself trailing by 3 points at the break (57-54).

After a third quarter without interest, we rush into the fourth quarter. Precious Achiuwa scores four points in a row and he allows his team to take control. Joel Embiid tries to answer him but the Raptors do not panic. In attack, they try to put the ball where it should be and in defense, they give everything to slow down Joel Embiid and especially James Harden.

In this close end to the game, the former Nets back disappointed. He has a lot of ammunition and unfortunately he misses two free throws and then a lay-up. Behind, he is whistled a passage in force, and he even harvests a flagrant fault. A series of bad choices and errors that allow the Raptors to keep the advantage until the end to win 92-88.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

– The Raptor Uprising. The start of the meeting for Nick Nurse’s men was complicated. Physically dominated, they suffered to the point of being led by 16 points. Then, little by little, they were the ones who dictated the tempo of this match. More skilful, quicker offensively, they caused problems for their opponents by playing quickly in attack. The Siakam / Achiuwa pair dominated in the racket. A great victory for this Toronto team which continues to gain momentum as the end of the season approaches.

– The Sixers still in the run-in. Every time the Harden Sixers have lost this season, it’s been because the opponent dictated the tempo of the game. This team needs to run, to find solutions on fast play. They do not yet have the collective experience to dominate in place play. Tonight, in the 2nd and 4th acts, they showed mental shortcomings. Above all, James Harden and Joel Embiid didn’t have the usual impact and struggled to find each other. Like the end of the match where the two superstars were guilty of quite damaging loss of balls.

TOPS/FLOPS

Pascal Siakam. He is in great shape at the moment and tonight he showed it once again. 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the Cameroonian, the real spearhead of this team. Aggressive on rebounds, he can also score on anyone and distill a few offerings. Above all, it has become a wound in defense and its size interferes with its vis-à-vis. A true leader, one-night playmaker in the absence of Fred VanVleet.

Precious Achiuwa. Faced with the best in the league at the pivot position, Precious Achiuwa was perfect. He never let Joel Embiid take easy shots. He tried as much as possible to pass in front of him in defense. The Cameroonian pivot does not like to be jostled when he has to take his shots. In attack, the Nigerian showed great things thanks to his generosity. His agreement with Siakam is perfect! A reference match for him.

James Harden/Joel Embiid. To register only 88 points when you have two of the best attackers in the NBA, it’s messy… The two stars missed their match and especially their end of the match. They never managed to find themselves on pick-and-roll, and above all, the address was not there: 11/32 on shots and no 3-point shots for both. A match to forget which proves that there is still work to be done.

⛔The Sixers Bench. Philadelphia cannot hope to win a title with such minimal input from the bench. Only 14 points scored by the substitutes, including 11 for Georges Niang alone. The others didn’t bring anything and that’s a concern. Doc Rivers will quickly have to find a balance.

THE FOLLOWING

Philadelphia (43-27) : Monday reception of the Heat in a very important game for the classification

Toronto (40-31) : complicated trip to Chicago this Monday to aim for a 7th straight away victory

76ers / 88 Tirs Bounces
Players Min Tirs 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
T. Harris 27 2/9 0/4 1/2 3 2 5 4 5 0 1 0 +7 5 5
J. Embiid 37 6/20 0/3 9/11 1 12 13 2 3 1 1 1 +7 21 21
T. Maxey 37 8/14 2/4 1/1 0 1 1 4 3 0 1 0 +10 19 17
J. Harden 38 5/12 0/4 7/10 0 9 9 8 4 2 6 0 -1 17 20
Mr. Thybulle 34 4/6 2/4 2/2 0 2 2 0 3 3 0 4 +8 12 19
D. Green 16 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 -9 3 5
G. Niang 29 4/9 3/7 0/0 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 0 -22 11 12
P. Reed 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -6 0 0
D. Jordan 11 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 -10 0 1
S. Milton 9 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 -9 0 1
Total 30/73 7/27 21/28 5 35 40 21 23 7 10 5 88
Raptors / 93 Tirs Bounces
Players Min Tirs 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
P. Siakam 36 10/20 1/3 5/6 1 9 10 5 2 0 3 0 -5 26 27
P. Achiuwa 34 9/15 2/4 1/2 5 4 9 1 4 0 0 0 +7 21 24
S. Barnes 42 6/21 1/5 0/3 3 3 6 4 2 1 2 0 +5 13 4
K. Birch 22 1/6 0/1 2/2 5 1 6 0 1 0 0 1 -16 4 6
G. Trent Jr. 34 2/13 0/4 5/6 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 0 -5 9 3
T. Young 19 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 7 3 0 1 2 2 +13 2 12
C. Boucher 39 4/12 1/4 3/4 5 9 14 0 3 1 1 1 +16 12 18
A. Brooks 14 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 +10 6 7
Total 35/93 7/26 16/23 20 36 56 16 16 5 8 4 93

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