With 34 points from Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors achieved their first win this Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers 110-102 and extended this first-round NBA playoff series.
The Raptors, who continue with a 3-1 deficit, saved the Sixers’ first opportunity to qualify in front of their fans, led by Cameroonian Siakam and shooting guard Gary Trent Jr, who scored 24 points.
Young forward Scottie Barnes, chosen this Saturday as NBA Rookie of the Year, returned after two games out due to injury and spent 26 minutes on the court with 6 points and 11 rebounds.
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The Sixers, for their part, suffered from a discreet game by their star Joel Embiid, who plays with a problem in the thumb of his right hand.
The Cameroonian center finished with 21 points and James Harden with another 22.
Point guard Fred VanVleet, the Raptors’ second-leading scorer of the season behind Siakam, left the game in the second quarter with hip soreness and it’s unknown if he’ll be back for Monday’s Game 5.
No team has come back from a 3-0 deficit in NBA playoff series history.
The Sixers will try to seal their ticket to the next playoff stage at Wells Fargo Center next Monday at 8 p.m.
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