TORONTO – Kawhi Leonard couldn’t do it alone. However he gave it attempt.
The Raptors star scored 20 of his 35 factors within the second half on Monday after Toronto’s worst first half of those playoffs, however he received little assist from his teammates in an unpleasant 94-89 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The most effective-of-seven Japanese Convention semifinal sequence now heads to Philadelphia for Thursday’s Sport Three tied at one sport apiece. And the Raptors should hope a few of their different gamers can get going at what’s positive to be a raucous Wells Fargo Middle.
Pascal Siakam had 21 factors for the Raptors, who overcame a 19-point deficit to make it a sport down the stretch. Kyle Lowry had 20 factors. The remainder of the Raptors? Marc Gasol was the subsequent highest scorer with 5 factors.
“They got here out extra aggressive than us,” Lowry stated. “We didn’t come out aggressive sufficient. We didn’t come out with an excellent sense of urgency. And we didn’t play properly tonight. They performed actually determined and tremendous exhausting they usually received a victory.”
Coach Nick Nurse known as his staff’s first half “stand-aroundish.”
“Didn’t begin out superb with stream and rhythm and stuff,” the coach stated. “However we picked it up.”
Jimmy Butler had 30 factors and 11 rebounds to prime the Sixers, whereas Joel Embiid, who was a game-time choice after battling the abdomen flu, completed with 12 factors.
It was no shock the Sixers would come out a special staff than the one the Raptors ran roughshod over in Sport 1.
“That’s usually the case from the staff that goes down 0-1 or loses the final sport,” Nurse stated pre-game. “I believe that’s at all times the factor you keep in mind.”
The Raptors clearly didn’t keep in mind. The Sixers threw totally different defensive seems on the Raptors, who have been outscored within the first quarter for the primary time this post-season and trailed by 19 factors halfway by the second.
“I believed our defence at the beginning of the sport was nearly pretty much as good because it might be,” Sixers coach Brett Brown stated.
In a first-half offence that moved like sludge, Leonard managed 15 factors regardless of dealing with a swarm of Philly defenders. The remaining shot a dismal 9-for-36 mixed. The most effective three-point taking pictures staff within the league hit simply three of their 15 photographs from behind the arc. And so they have been totally outhustled, managing a woeful 13 rebounds to Philly’s 33.
If there was a optimistic, it’s that as horrible as Toronto was, the house staff solely trailed by 13 on the break.
“It was simple to simply sit again and let the sport go, however we fought exhausting and I’m simply proud that we did that and I believe it’s good for us and we’ll simply return, watch movie and simply prepare for Sport 3,” Siakam stated.
How is it good?
“I believe adversity is at all times good,” he stated. “We received Sport 1, however on the similar time we knew it wasn’t going to be a straightforward sequence.”
The Raptors discovered one other gear within the third quarter. They outscored the Sixers 25-18, held them to 29 per cent taking pictures, together with 0-for-11 from three-point vary, and when Gasol linked on a pair of free throws with 2:50 left within the quarter, it capped a 17-Eight Raptors run and sliced the deficit to only a level.
The Raptors went chilly to begin the fourth, lacking all however one in all their first seven photographs, and when Ben Simmons strolled by Toronto’s defence for a straightforward layup with 8:43, it was again to an 11-point deficit. The guests would go up by 13 earlier than the Raptors clawed their approach again once more. A pair of three-pointers by Lowry reduce the deficit to 3 factors with 1:36 to play. A Siakam basket with 46 seconds left made it a one-point sport.
An enormous basket by Embiid gave the 76ers a three-point lead, and Inexperienced — who was 1-for-6 from the three-point line on the night time — missed on a three-point try with about 5 seconds to play and it was sport over.
The Sixers’ victory snapped a 14-game dropping streak at Scotiabank Enviornment, going again to November of 2012.
“Everyone desires to color the image that we haven’t received right here in what number of years however I’m simply glad that we got here out on prime,” Butler stated. “We don’t care what number of video games we’ve misplaced or nothing like that. Going dwelling we simply have to do the identical factor we did tonight.”
A pissed off capability Scotiabank Enviornment crowd of 19,800 that included Nashville Predators defenceman P.Okay. Subban and his girlfriend and Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner, and Canadian tennis gamers Milos Raonic and Bianca Andreescu, beat a hasty exit.
The Raptors shot simply 27 per cent from the three-point line and have been clobbered on the boards 53-36.
For a short couple of minutes, the Raptors regarded just like the dominant staff of Sport 1, grabbing an early 4-Zero lead. However Toronto couldn’t purchase a basket — solely 4 Raptors scored within the first quarter — and the Sixers went on a 21-10 run to take a 26-17 lead into the second.
Leonard had 11 factors within the second quarter, however he received little assist from his teammates, and when Butler shot the technical after Nurse argued a name, his basket gave the 76ers a 19-point lead. Butler would convert a five-point play — he was fouled on a three-pointer and Danny Inexperienced was whistled for a technical — later within the quarter. Inexperienced’s three with 12 seconds left sliced Philly’s result in 51-38 at halftime.
Sport Four is Sunday in Philadelphia then the sequence returns to Toronto for Sport 5.