76ers end nine year road losing streak vs Raptors
It has been since 2012, 9 years ago, that the 76ers defeated the Toronto Raptors on the road. Tonight, that drought was finally broken as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Raptors in Tampa Bay 109-102.
Furkan Korkmaz came out swinging with an absolutely electric first quarter. Furkan scored 16 points on four three pointers. Korkmaz has been highly ridiculed as of late for his poor play, even prompting Doc Rivers to make it public for Isaiah Joe taking some of his minutes. The words clearly fueled a fire in him, as he finished the night with 19 points, two assists, and seven rebounds. Korkmaz started the game due to Seth Curry being ruled out with an ankle injury prior to tipoff.
Joel Embiid was more than disappointing tonight, scoring 18 points on 3/13 shooting. The majority of his points came from his 11 made free throws. A rough night for the MVP frontrunner. Ben Simmons had himself a good night, scoring 15 along with seven assists and nine rebounds. On the defensive end, he came away with just one block. All-Star snub Tobias Harris had a great game as well, which seems to be a trend for him this season. He dropped 23 points, five assists, and seven rebounds. Harris was also impressive defensively, with two blocks and one steal.
Despite a peculiar ending, the boys in red were luckily able to pull this win out. Philadelphia improves to 21-11 on the season, maintaining the first overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Their next bout is back in the Wells Fargo Center against the Mavericks Thursday night.
Mandatory Credit: Chris O'Meara | AP