Joel Embiid scores 31 to lead 76ers from Raptors in Game 2

PHILADELPHIA – Joel Embiid took his knots and powered his way to 31 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrese Maxi showed he was no one-game postseason surprise and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 112-97 on Monday night. took a lead of -0. First round series.

Maxi had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Tobias Harris had 20 points and 10 rebounds. James Harden scored 14 runs.

Game 3 in the Eastern Conference series is in Toronto on Wednesday.

The Raptors trailed by 27 points but showed some life in the fourth to make it 11 to the maxi, game 1 starBuried a 3 causing the Sixers to roll again.

OG Anunoby led the Raptors with 26 points. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanValet each had 20.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Basketball first round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, April 18, 2022 in Philadelphia.
Joel Embiid
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The Raptors were ready to rumble when coach Nick Nurse accused the officials of letting the Sixers get away with tough fouls in Game 1. Not even 2 minutes into the game, Anunobi pushed Embiid, Embiid backed out and the two teams parted ways. The crowd erupted. Both Anunoby and Embiid were whistled for technical glitches.

The Raptors raced to an 11-2 lead and first six fouls for 76.
Whatever was pushing and pushing on the Sixers’ sleepy Big Man might as well be cold water.

Embiid, the NBA scoring champion, who had only 19 points in Game 1, was hit hard by Siakam and scored a free throw – one of 11 made in the quarter on 12 attempts. He matched his Game 1 total with 19 points in the quarter.

VanVleet scored 17 points in the half to try to keep the Raptors in the game. Maxi, who had 38 points in Game 1, did not score until he hit the floater in the lane, with 8:03 remaining in the second. He followed with an acrobatic layup for a 50-42 lead and suddenly the Sixers had some juice. Harden scored 3 runs for an 11-point lead.

The half ended with a tense moment.

James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the first part of Game 2 of the NBA Basketball first round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Monday, April 18, 2022 in Philadelphia.
James Harden
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In the final seconds of the half, Harden tried to split two defenders down the lane on a drive, and his knee crashed into Embiid’s left knee. Embiid’s left ankle seemed to be bent and both players fell down into the pile. The two stars lay scattered on their backs for several moments: Harden rubbed his neck and head. Embiid limited the court on the next possession.

Sixers fans held their breath at the halfway point.

First bucket of Philly’s third quarter? How about a hard-to-embed on an alley-up that settles nerves and dodges the rim.

Embiid scored nine more points in the third and Maxi at the end of the third scored seven points to lead 95–73. Embiid had 28 points and 11 rebounds before taking his first foul in the middle of the fourth.

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