Harris, Embiid bring 76ers past the Raptors 104-101 in extra time
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tobias Harris scored three points in extra time to give Philadelphia the lead, and Joel Embiid had 28 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the 76ers extended their winning streak to five. best game of the season with a 104 -101 win over the struggling Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
“He’s a star in his role,” Embiid said of Harris’ performance. “That’s what he’s been doing all season, knocking big shots.”
Harris put the Sixers ahead with 2:12 remaining in the main inning and finished with 21 points, making five of his seven 3-point attempts.
“He’s spent this summer being a spot-shooter, taking shots, and he’s doing it,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said of evolution. by Harris. “You can see him trying to improve his release rate.”
Harris then crosses down and takes another 3-pointer on his next possession. Initially, the umpires referred to Scottie Barnes as a shooting foul, which would have left Harris on the line for a chance to complete the 4-point play, but upon review the umpires decided determined that PJ Tucker had fouled Harris’s shot.
“I still don’t understand the call. That would have to be explained to me,” Rivers said of the sequence.
“I won’t complain, but it was probably the most ridiculous game I’ve ever been in. That’s all I’m going to say about that game,” said Embiid, indirectly referring to the game. “I am very happy that we won. But the way the game goes, it’s ridiculous.”
James Harden added 14 points for Philadelphia, who won their first five games in seven games at home, the Sixers’ longest game of the season. The 76ers finished the game against the Pistons on Wednesday and the Clippers on Friday.
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The 76ers won despite a stellar performance by Toronto All-Star striker Pascal Siakam, whose 38-point tally is the highest total allowed by the 76ers this season. Siakam, whose regulatory 5.1-second driving time made the game stoppage-time, added 15 rebounds, six assists and solid defense in a single effort. loser.
The Raptors used a 19-1 scoreline, which lasted from the end of the third half and into the beginning of the fourth, to erase Philadelphia’s lead, which had reached 14 points early in the third. Siakam fueled Toronto’s comeback, scoring 10 of Toronto’s 19 points during the run.
“We won. Even if it’s ugly, it still counts. We were up a lot all night, they did that late in the third and early in the fourth, but we reacted,” said Embiid.
This was the sixth straight loss for the struggling Raptors, which fell 13-18. Toronto only had 42% shots from the field and 11 40s from three points.
Aside from Siakam’s 38 points, no Toronto player has scored more than 13. Fred VanVleet (nine points) only took 3 15 shots from the field and 2 11s from 3 points.
Toronto coach Nick Nurse said: “I liked the way we started early.. but we tried there and went around and found a bit of a gap where we made some. “I think we made some really good shots. Probably not quite worth it, as a percentage, for the quality of the photos we produced.”
76ers: Philadelphia played without Furkan Korkmaz, who missed his second game in a row because of a non-COVID-related illness, and without Tyrese Maxey, who is recovering from a fracture in his left foot that left him have to miss the last 14 matches.
Raptors: Toronto is without Precious Achiuwa, who hasn’t played since November 9 after rupturing a ligament in his right ankle. The Raptors are also without Gary Trent Jr., who missed the third game in a row because of left quadriceps pain. … Toronto’s losing streak is only the third of five or more games in Nick Nurse’s five seasons with the Raptors. Both previous losing streaks came during the 2020-21 season, when the Raptors finished with a 27-45 record.
76ers: Host the Pistons on Wednesday.
Raptors: Will play the Knicks in New York on Wednesday.
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