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The Raptors are not dead



Led 3-0 by Philadelphia after the first three games of the series, Toronto regained hope on Saturday by winning for the first time against the 76ers, on its floor (110-102) in Game 4. The Raptors , led by a huge Pascal Siakam, thus come back to 3-1 before finding again Joel Embiid and his teammates, Monday in Pennsylvania.

Back to the wall, on the edge of the precipice, Toronto knew how to react. A defeat to take the front door in these play-offs and to wipe the famous broom, the Raptors, led 3-0 after the first three games, were able to sign their first victory of the series on Saturday night at home in game 3 (110-102) to stay alive and regain hope before game 4 , Monday on the Philadelphia floor.

Two days after giving in after overtime (104-101) on a decisive basket from Joel Embiid against the 76ers for the first meeting of the series on Canadian soil, the fifth in the Eastern Conference in the regular season could not afford to bow again to Embiid and his gang, under penalty of ending up on vacation much earlier than expected.

A message perfectly received visibly by the whole team, which gave everything in this match 4 not to relive the same disillusionment as Friday. Carried by Pascal Siakam (34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and Gary Trent Junior, also very valuable (24 points) despite a rather incredible bankruptcy on long shots (3 out of 10 from three points), Toronto, which has also could count on Scottie Barnes (6 points, 11 rebounds), elected rookie of the year just before the meeting, took time to take the measure of his executioner of the first three meetings.

Embiid sanctioned, Siakam unleashed

The Raptors suffered all the more than opposite, Tobias Harris (15 points, 11 rebounds), James Harden (22 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds) and the inevitable Embiid (21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists) , promised for many as MVP of the season but very annoyed at the end of the match (the “Process” received an unsportsmanlike), seemed determined not to offer a match 5 to their evening host. They failed to do so and the Raptors remain alive.

However, it took a big end to the game for the Canadians, who won the last quarter by the same score (30-25) that had allowed them to dominate the 76ers in the second quarter to lead 54-49 at the end. halftime, and especially of their best player Siakam, author of his best career play-off game on Saturday and phenomenal in this final period by scoring 15 of his team’s first 17 pointsto obtain the right to extend the series.

Something to think about before making the trip to Pennsylvania for the third time, where it had gone very badly each time for the players of a Nick Nurse who was too experienced to know that to this day no team was still down 3-0 after the match 3 failed to qualify for the next round.

First round

Eastern Conference
Match 1 – philadelphia 76ers – Toronto Raptors: 131-111
Match 2 – philadelphia 76ers – Toronto Raptors: 112-97
Match 3 – Toronto Raptors- philadelphia 76ers : 101-104 (ap)
Match 4 – Toronto Raptors –Philadelphia 76ers: 110-102
Game 5 on Monday, April 25 at Philadelphia
Game 6 (if necessary) on Thursday, April 28 in Toronto
Game 7 (if needed) Saturday, April 30 at Philadelphia

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