TORONTO – Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 44 points as the Philadelphia 76ers overcame the Toronto Raptors 112-90 on Friday.
Pascal Siakam leads Toronto (3-3) with 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. OG Anunoby added 19 points and dropped 9 rebounds.
All-star points guard Fred VanVleet struggled with shooting all night, scoring 0 goals from the penalty spot, including eight 3-pointers missed, with one of his points being a free throw.
Maxey’s explosive performance for the 76ers included a career-high nine three points as well as eight rebounds and four assists.
His output makes up for the absence of all-star midfielder Joel Embiid in the Philadelphia squad (2-4).
Toronto topped the Sixers with a score of 119-109 on Wednesday in their first game.
Toronto led by eight points in the first quarter, but Siakam took three points with 4.3 seconds left in time to end the game 26-26. However, Maxey didn’t stop trying, and his floating jump beat the buzz for the 14th point of the round and to re-establish Philadelphia’s lead.
Maxey didn’t miss a shot in the first half, scoring 10 goals for 10, including seven three-pointers, as the Sixers took a 65-48 lead when interrupted. Siakam leads Toronto with 18 points in the half.
Anunoby brought the 19,800 ticket-selling crowd at Scotiabank Arena to a standstill with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter as his powerful dunk overtook Philly with a 70-64 lead. He started the play when he stripped Harden right up the center and broke through on his own for the point.
VanVleet scored the first point of the game on the free throw with 3:04 on the left in the third inning. However, his second free throw was broken, as his gunfights continued.
Toronto’s keeper Gary Trent Jr. scored six points in the fourth inning to finish with 14 and forward Chris Boucher added five more to finish with eight. With the game underwhelming, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse began withdrawing his reserves.
FINISHED – Embiid was scratched out of Philadelphia’s squad 30 minutes before his field trip on Friday because of a sore right knee. A five-time All Star attendee and the defending NBA champion, Embiid is averaging 27.6 points and 10 rebounds in five games.
OTTO OUT – Veteran defender Otto Porter Jr missed the game due to personal reasons. The 29-year-old out-of-season signing has yet to make his Raptors debut and head coach Nick Nurse said on Thursday that he will be “out there for a bit”.
UP NEXT – The Toronto Raptors have a holiday weekend but will be back in action on Monday when they host the Atlanta Hawks. They last met last season when Toronto topped Atlanta 118-108 on April 5.
This Canadian Press report was first published on October 28, 2022.
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