The Sixers resisted the hell of the Scotiabank Arena! Under pressure in Game 6 away from their bases, Doc Rivers’ troops were able to turn their backs before the break to better come back after the break and kill the match during a one-sided third quarter.
Philadelphia started their meeting well, this time with a more aggressive James Harden, author of 10 points in the first 9 minutes of the match (21-26). At +5 at the end of the first act, the troops of Joel Embiid then had to cash the revolt of the Raptors, via an 11-0 scored by the counter of Chris Boucher on Danny Green followed by a 3-point of the Canadian interior (40-36).
Philly was able to resist, moving forward on two 3-point missiles from Danny Green then a block from Joel Embiid on Precious Achiuwa followed by a basket near the circle of the Cameroonian to equalize at 46-46. It was then a new blow from afar signed Tyrese Maxey and Danny Green which allowed the Sixers to stay ahead at the break (61-62).
It was finally in the third quarter that the match completely changed. Philadelphia used the same recipe to send their opponent into the ropes, with gunners inspired to support a dominating Joel Embiid. Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey twice swelled the gap quickly (67-79). It was then two baskets in a row from James Harden including a 3-pointer that forced Toronto to kneel (70-92).
The Raptors never recovered, while on the other side, Georges Niang, Tobias Harris and James Harden ended in euphoria alongside a Joel Embiid in the shot until the end. Winners 132-97, here are the Sixers qualified for the next round. It will be against the Miami Heat, the best regular season team in the Eastern Conference.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
A one-sided third quarter. The contrast was striking upon returning from the locker room between the unleashed Sixers and the Raptors unable to put one foot in front of the other. Everything turned to the advantage of Philly, who kept the pace with their defense to generate offensive possessions marked by a big outside address. Result of the races, Philadelphia passed a 19-2 in less than five minutes to completely change the course of the match. Beaten 37-17 in the third quarter, Toronto did not recover.
Joel Embiid superstar. The Sixers center was enemy No. 1 in Scotiabank Arena, a status that gave him wings when the game turned in his team’s favor. In particular, there was this collision with Chris Boucher, who did not appreciate a foul from the Cameroonian under the circle and grabbed the foot of the Sixers pivot while he was on the ground, which caused the start of a scuffle. . The public insulted him copiously following this, and Joel Embiid seemed to appreciate by inciting the public to shout louder.
In a one-sided end to the match, he then offered himself a dunk before chambering the public once again. Chance or coincidence, he took a big nudge from Pascal Siakam on the next action, causing him a nice gash at the level of the right eyebrow. The fight was tough, but Joel Embiid left with what he had come for, victory. He even took Pascal Siakam in his arms after the match.
✅ Tyrese Maxey. Difficult to speak of revelation on this first round as the leader has been dazzling throughout the regular season. This night again, he was a constant threat to the opposing defense and offered himself a nice 5/12 from distance to fuel his 25 points. He particularly distinguished himself in this register in the third quarter which served as a turning point. Exactly what Philly needed.
✅ James Harden. The full-back took just one more shot than in the previous game but was more aggressive and involved in his side’s attack, shooting 7/12 to go along with his 15 assists. The best +/- of his team (+38!).
✅⛔Chris Boucher. He was the Raptors’ X factor… For half time. With 19 points and 8 rebounds in 17 minutes in the first half. Much more discreet then, even if it was not unworthy.
⛔ Precious Achiuwa. The one who used to be the Raptors’ X factor at the end of the season went completely through, finishing at 1/7 in shooting and -21 in +/-. We can also mention OG Anunoby who sometimes shone in this series and who struggled to enter his match this time (5 points at 2/7 shooting).
The holidays for the Raptors, the conference semi-final against Miami for the Sixers.