Takeaways From Close Game vs. Toronto

by Lauren Rosen

Snapshot:

The 76ers’ (42-30) starting unit had a strong showing Wednesday versus the defending champion Toronto Raptors (52-19).

Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, and Joel Embiid got off to a hot start on both ends of the floor, leading by as many as 16 points and taking a 62-55 lead into halftime.

In the first half, the team shot 53.8% from the field, holding Toronto to just 38.6%, and out-rebounded the Raptors, 29-17.

And while the Sixers would ultimately fall, 125-121, in the final seconds, there were encouraging signs from the group across the board.

Key Contributors:

  • Tobias Harris

    • Harris’ 10 first-quarter and 17 first-half points led the Sixers through their strongest stretch. He shot 8-for-13 from the floor, and got to the foul line eight times. He finished with 22 points, six rebounds, five assists, and a team-high +10 in 25 minutes.

  • Furkan Korkmaz

    • Korkmaz had his strongest showing thus far inside the bubble - coming off the bench for 21 points, including five 3-pointers. He hit 5 of 10 field goal attempts, grabbed five rebounds, and shared four assists. Korkmaz has been eager to improve defensively, and was rewarded Wednesday with a pair of steals.

  • Raul Neto

    • After tying his career-high of 22 points Tuesday versus Phoenix, Neto had another standout performance off the bench, pouring in 17 points and dishing out five assists.

  • Mike Scott

    • Scott also had his second solid performance in as many days - finishing with 12 points in an almost-perfect shooting outing (4-5 FG). Scott also grabbed five rebounds and shared two assists.

@Sixers Social:

*chef's kiss*


Up Next:

In their eighth and final seeding game, the Sixers will face the Houston Rockets (44-27) Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The Rockets are 4-3 inside the bubble, most recently falling to the Indiana Pacers, 108-104, Wednesday. 2014-15 MVP James Harden notched an impressive 45-point, 17-rebound, double-double in the contest, falling just one assist shy of the triple-double.

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