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Tyrese Maxey, Joel Embiid combine for 68 points in Philadelphia 76ers first win of the season in Toronto

After falling short against Milwaukee in their season opener, the Philadelphia 76ers bounced back last night in Toronto, defeating the Raptors 114-107

Trailing the Raptors by three points at the half, the Sixers stormed out of the locker room on a 15-2 run and would never look back. 

A year ago, Tyrese Maxey went off for a career-high 44 points in Toronto. Last night, Maxey, who didn’t even take a shot in the first quarter finished the game with 34 points on 12-for-20 shooting, knocking down seven of nine from beyond the arc. He also dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds, while only turning the ball over once. 

The Philadelphia 76ers run through Tyrese Maxey

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our lead ball handler. Forget about James Harden, I honestly hope he never takes the court with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Keep him in Camden until he’s traded.

Harden was turned away from traveling with the team and directed back to Camden to “ramp up” basketball activities after missing a ton of practice time before the start of the season.

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All things considered, I hope Harden takes as much time as he needs to get “ready” because this basketball team is so much more fun to watch than having James handling the basketball and dribbling at the top of the key until the shot clock runs down and he takes a weak attempt to drive at the basket, looking for a foul. 

No thank you.

I know it’s only been two games but please for the love of God, let Sixers’ fans have Tyrese Maxey at point moving forward.

Tyrese Maxey first 2 games:

  • 81 minutes
  • 65 points
  • 15 assists
  • 10 rebounds
  • 1 turnover
  • 22-42 FGA (52.4%)
  • 10-17 3PA (58.8%)
  • 11-13 FTA (84.6%)

Joel Embiid returns to MVP form vs Raptors

As for Joel Embiid, who is notorious for starting seasons off slow, he looked like his MVP self last night in Toronto. Embiid was much more aggressive last night and was an absolute force on the offensive end of the court. When Embiid is making shots like this, there’s really no stopping him.

Joel Embiid: Unstoppable

Jakob Poeltl and Precious Achiuwa had no answer for Embiid as he consistently made all the right decisions last night in Toronto, navigating in and out of double and triple teams. Embiid matched Maxey last night with 34 points of his own, while grabbing nine rebounds to go along with six assist and two blocks.

Game Highlights: Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid

  • Tyrese Maxey: 34 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 60% FG, 7/9 3PM
  • Joel Embiid: 34 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST, 2 BLK, 66% FG

Kelly Oubre Jr. continues to impress off the bench

Through the first two games of the season, Kelly Oubre Jr. continues to impress for the Sixers after signing with the team over the offseason on a veteran minimum contract.

Oubre scored 27 points on 9-of-11 shooting against the Bucks, and followed his impressive debut up with 18 points against Toronto, on 7-of-17 shooting.

Home Opener Tonight vs Portland

Tonight, the Sixers return to The Well for their 2023-24 home opener against the Portland Trailblazers.

On the second night of a back-to-back, it will be interesting to see how the Sixers hold up tonight against a new-look, young Trail Blazers team. Portland will be playing without Anfernee Simons, who averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game last year, suffered a UCL tear in his right thumb in Portland’s season opener. Simons is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

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