By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after falling to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. They faced a hungry Toronto Raptors squad that was desperate for a win themselves. Unfortunately for Philly they were out executed in the late stages of the game and fell to the Raptors 115-109.
It started out well for Philly their shots were falling early, and they got another impressive scoring performance by Tyrese Maxey. He scored 14 of his 33-points by half-time. The Raptors did not have many answers for him. It did not matter who they put in front of him he was scoring from the perimeter, three-point line, and paint. The development of Maxey has been an important development in this early season. Despite being underhanded throughout this stretch, Maxey has really stepped up and his development will continue to be important especially from the three-point line.
Despite the offensive explosion from Maxey, the Raptors were able to weather the storm and fought their way back. They were able to retake the lead late in the third quarter. They were powered by Fred VanVleet who scored 32-points and continued to make Philly pay for daring to not play him well enough on the defensive end. He hit a late three-pointer to help the Raptors escape with the victory. Philly just could not find a way to stop him.
Philly now will have a six-game road trip that starts in Indiana on Saturday night. They will face a tough Pacers squad that always give them trouble even at full strength. They will need another impressive night on both sides of the ball to keep Indiana at bay and get their ninth win of the season.