With Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam leading the charge for the Toronto Raptors, the home team turned up big in the last quarter to outscore Conference leader, Philadelphia 76ers 27-19 to win their 4th consecutive game. Siakam and VanVleet both scored 23 points each. The Raptors are now just 4 wins behind 76ers in the EC. Chris Boucher came off the bench for the Raptors to drain 17 points, including five from behind the arc.
Talking about the Philadelphia 76ers, they were led by Ben Simmons who knocked 28 points. Whereas Joel Embiid managed to add 25 with 17 rebounds against his name as well. Tobias Harris was held off beautifully by the Raptors defense, as he managed to scored only 13 in 37 minutes.
Toronto Raptors win their 4th consecutive game after defeating Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid, coming off a 50-point game against Chicago on Friday night, had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the 76ers, who lost their fourth consecutive road game. Embiid made only six of 20 shots from the field, and the Sixers went 5 for 21 in the fourth quarter.
The 76ers led 55-52 after an 18-point first half by Simmons, who had missed two games with a stomach virus after scoring 42 points in a loss at Utah. The Raptors had erased an early 14-point deficit by hitting five 3-pointers, four by Van Vleet, in a span of 2:30 minutes. Interestingly Kyle Lowry missed his second game with a left thumb injury this season, while the Raptors have been 6-0 without their marquee player in the 2020-21 season.