Raptors Fall to the 76ers, Losing Streak Reaches Three Straight Games
At long last, the Philadelphia 76ers were able to figure out their divisional foes.
After a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and sloppy defeat earlier in the season, the Sixers took care of business on their home floor, handing the Toronto Raptors their third straight loss.
“I think we’re integrating some guys back in,” said Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse. “… We’ve just got to keep plugging away at the schedule and get guys back in rhythm a little bit … and get ourselves back to a high-level team at both ends.”
Despite the questions persisting, Kyle Lowry put forth his best game since his return, finishing with 26 points, five assists, and six rebounds. The Raptors will continue to look for ways to get back to the efficient and free-flowing style of basketball the team played prior to Lowry’s and Serge Ibaka’s return.
“I really think we got to figure it out, right?” said Lowry. “I missed a lot of games and (Ibaka, ankle) missed nine games or 10 games, whatever it was. You get everybody back guys have to figure out things again. They won a bunch of games without me and Serge there. They played hard and they were in a rhythm, but then you have to integrate us back in. We are a part of this team. … I think now we are just at a point where we are playing good teams and we have to figure out how to get everybody back to understanding what roles they are in.”
As Joel Embiid continued to struggle against Marc Gasol, the Sixers were led by Tobias Harris and rookie Matisse Thybulle who finished with 26 and 20 points apiece in the 110-104 victory. Meanwhile, OG Anunoby scored 19 points while grabbing 10 boards for the Raptors in the defeat.
“I have to continue to get better and make sure I don’t let my offence, or anything like that, dictate the way I play,” said Pascal Siakam, who scored 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting. “So I have to be better like that and find other ways to impact the game.”
The Raptors will look to end their three game skid tonight, as a quick turnaround sees them in Chicago playing the Bulls tonight.