Breaking News :

Raptors defeat 76ers in first rematch since The Shot

Pascal Siakam had 25 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 101-96 victory over Philadelphia on Monday, while holding 76ers centre Joel Embiid to zero points for the first time in his NBA career.

Fred VanVleet had 24 points and eight assists for the Raptors (12-4), who still undefeated at home with seven consecutive victories at Scotiabank Arena. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16 points, while OG Anunoby finished with 12, Terence Davis chipped in with 11, and Norm Powell added 10.

Josh Richardson had 25 points to top the Sixers (11-6), who lost for the first time in five games. The game marked the first meeting between the two teams since Kawhi Leonard’s famous four-bounce buzzer-beating winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Check and find the best sport news.

The Raptors took an 81-80 lead into an entertaining fourth quarter in front of a rowdy Scotiabank Arena crowd reminiscent of the playoffs. With 8:01 to play, Richardson was awarded three free throws after a questionable foul by Davis. Toronto rapper and the team’s global ambassador Drake jeered Richardson from his court-side seats, and the crowd cheered wildly as Richardson missed all three shots.

With 1:01 to play, Siakam spun around Al Horford and picked up a foul from Embiid to give the Raptors a one-point lead. Then Siakam got his hands on a ridiculous Ben Simmons pass. VanVleet connected on two free throws at the other end, then Siakam went end-to-end for a dunk at the final buzzer.

Toronto’s roster Monday looked nothing like the squad that dispatched Philly in thrilling fashion last spring.

Leonard left for the L.A. Clippers in the off-season. And Kyle Lowry (fractured thumb) and Serge Ibaka (ankle strain) were on the bench nursing injuries for the eighth consecutive match.

Matt Thomas also sat out the game after fracturing his left middle finger in Saturday’s 119-116 victory in Atlanta.

Read Previous

Real Madrid vs PSG Champions League match preview

Read Next

Jamal Murray commit to playing for Canada in quest for Olympic berth

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *