With a devastating Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia Sixers crushed the Toronto Raptors 132-97 on Thursday and finished this first-round series of the NBA playoffs 4-2.
The Raptors, who had won the previous two games, dreamed of being the first team in history to qualify after trailing 3-0.
Indeed, the Sixers’ two straight losses had created nerves around the franchise and coach Doc Rivers himself had to defend his playoff career Wednesday.
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However, the 76ers ended those illusions on Thursday with a resounding performance away at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, led by Cameroon’s Embiid (33 points and 10 rebounds) and James Harden (22 points and 15 assists).
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The Raptors, who could not count on their guard Fred VanVleet again due to injury, collapsed in the third quarter by conceding a 37-17 run from which they could no longer overcome.
Cameroonian Pascal Siakam finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, and backup center Chris Boucher had 25 points and 10 rebounds.
As a result, Philadelphia will face the first-seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The other semifinal will be played by the Boston Celtics, who swept Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s Brooklyn Nets 4-0, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks, the defending champions.
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