By: Kylan Watson
The Toronto Raptors came to Philadelphia trying to stop the streaking Philadelphia 76ers, who had a four-game win-streak coming into the contest. It took an offensive explosion from Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris to put the desperate Raptors away. They were able to beat them 104-101 in overtime.
From the opening tip-off the Sixers jumped on the Raptors, they kept the ball moving and got some high-percentage shots from the field. That allowed them to get out to a 14-point lead over the Raptors, who were not playing like themselves. Philly’s length forced them into uncharacteristic turnovers. That propelled their fast break game as they were able to attack the paint and get their defenders in foul trouble. Joel Embiid (28-points, and grabbed 11-rebounds) and Tobias Harris (21-points, and hit five three-pointers) led the Sixers tonight. They combined for 49 of Philly’s 104-points and got whatever they wanted from the field. Harris was the hot hand tonight whenever they needed a bucket, he hit it and tonight it came from the three-point line. Hitting five three-pointers in the contest and continuing his hot streak from the three-point line. He has to be commended for fully dedicating himself to whatever the team needed. Whether that was taking Pascal Siakam defensively and forcing him into tough shots or being the closer tonight and finishing the Raptors off with some clutch threes. If Harris can continue being a three-point sniper, they will rocket right up the standings to a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference.
On his performance tonight, “Tell a friend to tell a friend that I’m a sharpshooter,” said Harris.
Toronto was able to withstand the offensive barrage from Embiid and Harden to take the lead back in the third quarter. Pascal Siakam led them he scored 38-points (season high) and just did whatever his team needed tonight. Philly had no answers for him he was attacking from all sides of the court. His aggressive play got his defenders in foul trouble. He singlehandedly led a 19-to-one run that put his team firmly in the lead. However, when the Sixers needed that stop they put PJ Tucker and Tobias Harris on him and both were able to do just enough to stop him in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter and in the overtime period. That opened the door for Harris to hit two critical three-pointers that helped them get the win tonight.
Philly will now prepare for the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. To stop a young and athletic Pistons backcourt. The Sixers will need to stay attached to their man and make sure they have a hand in their face whenever they put a shot up. Additionally, they will need to do what they did tonight and keep the ball moving to get high percentage shots against a stingy defense. If they want their 18th victory of the season.