Tyrese Maxey, 76ers dismantle Raptors in game one, 131-111
The Philadelphia 76ers were firing on all cylinders last night, dismantling the Toronto Raptors 131-111 to take a 1-0 lead in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Sixers had five players score in double-digits last night.
- Tyrese Maxey: 38 PTS, 14-21 FG, 5-8 3PT FG
- Tobias Harris: 26 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
- James Harden: 22 PTS, 5 REB, 14 AST
- Joel Embiid: 19 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
- Shake Milton: 10 PTS, 3-4 FG, 1-1 3PT FG
As a team, the Sixers shot 50 percent from three point range (16-32) and 51 percent from the floor (43-84). The 76ers have only eclipsed the 50 percent from three point range (Min. 30 attempts) twice in postseason franchise history, in 2018 against the Heat (53%) and last year against the Wizards (52%).
What was even more impressive, is the fact that they only turned the ball over a total of THREE times and that includes one coming with just four seconds let on the clock when Isiah Joe let the shot clock expire.
Maxey was unstoppable last night. The 21-year old rising star scored 38 points in his first playoff start, including a 21-point explosion in the third quarter. Maxey was scoring at all three levels, from fast break dunks or three point shots from the Dietz and Watson logo.
Maxey: 38 PTS / 14-21 FG / 5-8 3PT FG / 5-5 FT
The best part about a “quiet night” from Joel Embiid is the fact that he still scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Embiid repeatedly fought through double and triple teams by the Toronto Raptors throughout the game, and it definitely slowed down his offensive production.
However, for a team that has consistently struggled in the rebounding department, Embiid made it a point to control the boards last night. The Raptors finished second in the NBA this year with over 13 offensive rebounds per game, trailing only the Memphis Grizzlies (14). Last night, the Raptors only managed to pull down a total of seven offensive rebounds. Embiid grabbed four on his own.
James Harden continued to be an elite facilitator for the 76ers, finishing the night with 22 points and 14 assists. In 22 games with the 76ers this season, Harden has six games with at least 14 assists.
Harden shot 6-of-17 from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. While it might not be the offensive output some expect from Harden, it’s hard to imagine losing many games if Harden is going to score 20+ points and dish out 14 assists each game in the playoffs.
While Tyrese Maxey stole the headlines, Tobias Harris was second on the 76ers in scoring last night, finishing the game with 26 points, adding six rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block to the final box score. Harris was efficient from start to finish, shooting 9-for-14 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
When you have two guys on your roster not named Joel Embiid and James Harden scoring 26 points and in Maxey’s case 38 points, the Sixers have a chance to be a major problem for any team that they face throughout the NBA playoffs.
The 76ers will get a night off tomorrow before returning to Wells Fargo to host the Raptors for Game Two at 7:30 on TNT.
Mandatory Credit: Chris Szagola