The Toronto Raptors avoided elimination for the second time in a row by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 103-88 on Monday and getting closer to 3-2 in the NBA playoff series.
Overcoming the absence of Fred VanVleet, their second-leading scorer, the Raptors dominated the game from the beginning thanks to Cameroonian Pascal Siakam, who had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Joel Embiid, who plays with an injury to his right hand, had 20 points and 11 rebounds but had little collaboration from his teammates to finish the series, which the Sixers led 3-0.
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The Toronto Raptors are fighting to be the first NBA team in history to overcome a playoff tie after losing 3-0.
In the 1996 NBA Finals, the Seattle Supersonics came back from a 3-0 lead by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and put the series 3-2, but the Bulls were eventually crowned as champions in the 6th game.
However, the Raptors might find inspiration in a different sport.
2004, MLB AL Championship Series and the biggest rivalry in baseball. The Boston Red Sox, led by the likes of Curt Schilling and Dominican David Ortiz, overcame a 3-0 deficit against Derek Jeter’s New York Yankees and defeated them in a thrilling and unforgettable 7-game series.
After that, Boston swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, ending an 85-year streak without silverware and, at the same time, the so-called Bambino’s curse.
With info from AFP