The Philadelphia 76ers qualified for the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference. And on Thursday evening, the team overcame the Toronto Raptors by 132-97, over the opponent’s home, and closed the first round with a 4-2 draw, and Joel Embiid and his companions won the first three games, but lost the next two. It aroused suspicion and criticism. Everything was fixed after match 6.
One of three regular-season MVP finalists, Embiid scored 33 points with 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. James Harden also shined with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists. Young Therese Maxi scored 25 points and 8 assists. After a balanced first half, the team started in the third quarter, when they reached 37 to 17. After that, the team was just tinkering.
Philadelphia 76ers – Toronto Raptors James Harden – NBA (Photo: Reuters)
The Miami Heat, who had the best record in the East in the regular season, are the next contender. The team beat the Atlanta Hawks in the first round and will have a home stadium advantage in the semifinals. On the other hand, Jimmy Butler missed the last match due to knee problems. On the other side of the arch are the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics have the leadership of the court and Khris Middleton embezzlement in your favor.
On the Toronto side, who didn’t have all-star Fred Vanfleet due to a thigh injury, quarterback Chris Boucher came off the bench and scored 25 points with 10 rebounds. Pascal Siakam added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The team falls in the first round after finishing sixth in the regular season. This position was a source of pride for what many thought was a rebuilding campaign after Kyle Lowry’s departure.
Chris Boucher (25 points, 10 res)
Pascal Siakam (24 points, 7 res, 7 sticks, 3 steals)
Gary Trent Jr. (19 points)
Scotty Barnes (18 points, 7 reps)
Joel Embiid (33 points, 10 res, 2 steals, 3 trunks)
Teresa Maxi (25 pts, 8 cylinders, 5 baskets of three)
James Harden (22 points, 6 races, 15 points)
Tobias Harris (19 points, 11 reps)
Danny Green (12 points, 5 reps, 4 baskets of three)
Pascal Siakam climbs to the basket amid opponents – Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images
birds of prey 8
Points resulting from transformations
birds of prey 12
Joel Embiid celebrates on the field – Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images
points in the bottle
Second Chance Points
birds of prey 23
birds of prey 5
Raptors 35/89 (39.3%)
Sixers 47/81 (58%)
Raptors 7/35 (20%)
Sixers 16/40 (40%)
Raptors 20/25 (80%)
Sixers 22/23 (95.7%)
Scoring chart – Photo: NBA
First period – Sixers 34 to 29Harden shone in a special duel with Trent in the first half. It was 10 points and 5 assists for the first, 11 points for the second. Embiid and Boucher scored 8 each. The Sixers and Raptors scored the same 12 field goals, but the visitors took 19 shots to 27. The gap was built on free throws.
Second period – Raptors 32 to 28: Siakam woke up and scored 16 points in the partial after scoring 2 in the first. Boucher was also electric and added 11 points for a total of 19. The two secured the lead for the home team for most of the period, but the Sixers eventually turned around. Embiid added 8 more for a total of 16. Score from 62 to 62 at rest.
Joel Embiid will play in the Eastern Conference semi-finals – Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA Today Sports
Third Period – Sixers 37 to 17: Philadelphia imposed its rhythm and did not pay attention to the birds of prey in the third quarter. There were 5 baskets from the ocean, three of them were from Maxi – which reached 25 points. On the other hand, the defense limited the host team with only 17 points. Victory was destined for the Sixers. Score from 99 to 78.
Fourth Period – Sixers 33 to 19: Philadelphia did not calm down in the last quarter, but rather opened more. The two coaches withdrew their carriers in the last half and the match was decided. The Raptors campaign was applauded by local fans, but the Sixers have bigger plans for the 2021-2022 season.
Game 1 (04/16) – Sixers 131 x 111 Raptors
Game 2 (4/18) – Six Players 112 x 97 Raptors
Game 3 (20/04) – Raptors 101 x 104 Sixers
Game 4 (04/23) – Raptors 110 x 102 Sixers
Game 5 (25/04) – Sixers 88 x 103 Raptors
Game 6 (04/28) – Raptors 97×132 Sixers
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