TORONTO — Joel Embiid returned to Toronto and had one other evening he’d somewhat overlook.
Pascal Siakam scored 25 factors, Fred VanVleet added 24 and the Raptors held Embiid scoreless for the primary time in his profession in a 101-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday evening.
“I am unable to have this sort of manufacturing,” Embiid mentioned. “I’d have by no means thought I’d be right here speaking about zero factors in an NBA recreation, however it’s what it’s. Some nights you make photographs, some nights you do not. Some nights you are scorching, some nights you are chilly.”
It was the primary assembly between the groups since Kawhi Leonard’s dramatic buzzer beater that bounced off the rim 4 instances earlier than dropping, the successful basket in Recreation 7 of the second spherical of the playoffs in Could. Toronto went on to win its first NBA title, earlier than Leonard left for the LA Clippers.
Embiid, who was left tearful after that postseason defeat, did not do a lot Monday to erase these unhealthy recollections. Nonetheless, his teammates did not appear nervous about their star heart’s scoreless outing.
“Everybody has down video games,” Sixers guard Ben Simmons mentioned. “Nobody is Superman. It occurred tonight to Jo, however he’ll be good.”
Embiid shot 0-for-11, lacking all 4 of his photographs from 3-point vary and going 0-for-Three on the free throw line. He completed with a game-high 13 rebounds.
“Defensively, they’re all over the place,” Embiid mentioned of the Raptors. “They’re so lengthy and so they ensure they pack the paint.”
Toronto’s Marc Gasol scored simply three factors, however performed a big half in controlling Embiid.
“I feel you give Marc Gasol, a former Defensive Participant of the 12 months, credit score,” Sixers coach Brett Brown mentioned. “It was an extended evening for Jo.”
Embiid was taking part in for the fourth time in six days, however he denied feeling worn down by Philly’s schedule.
“I did not look fatigued, and I used to be positively not fatigued,” he mentioned.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 factors and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who posted their 14th consecutive house victory over the 76ers.
OG Anunoby scored 12 factors, Terence Davis had 11 and Norman Powell 10 as Toronto improved to 7-Zero at house.
Josh Richardson scored 25 factors, Tobias Harris had 18 and Mike Scott 12 for the 76ers, who haven’t gained a regular-season recreation in Toronto in additional than seven years.
“We glance again at this recreation, we all know we must always have gained this one, however Toronto made performs,” Simmons mentioned.
Simmons had 10 factors, 14 assists and 9 rebounds. Al Horford scored 11 factors and added 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their four-game successful streak snapped.
The Raptors led 88-87 on a driving layup by Davis with 7:31 remaining within the fourth. Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz hit a 3, Horford made a baseline jumper and Harris added a hook shot because the 76ers used a 7-Zero run to construct a 94-88 lead with 5:16 left to play.
Powell and VanVleet hit 3-pointers that lower the hole to 2, 96-94, however Toronto missed three straight possibilities to tie it. Gasol missed a pair from the road, a leap shot by Siakam missed the mark and Harris blocked Anunoby’s fast-break drive after an Embiid turnover.
Siakam ended Toronto’s drought with a three-point play, giving the Raptors a one-point edge, 97-96, with 1:01 left.
Siakam pressured a turnover on an entry move from Simmons with 12 seconds remaining to protect Toronto’s lead. VanVleet was fouled and made two photographs, giving the Raptors a three-point cushion.
Harris and Simmons missed 3-pointers earlier than Siakam completed it with a thunderous dunk.
“We ended it with eight consecutive stops to finish the sport,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “That is fairly good, particularly in an in depth recreation like that.”
76ers: F Kyle O’Quinn (left calf) was not out there.
Raptors: G Matt Thomas (fractured left finger) was not out there. Thomas was considered one of six Raptors sidelined by damage, together with G Kyle Lowry (left thumb), F Serge Ibaka (proper ankle), C Dewan Hernandez (proper thumb), F Patrick McCaw (left knee) and F Stanley Johnson (left groin). … Coach Nick Nurse mentioned Ibaka may return this weekend. After internet hosting the Knicks on Wednesday, Toronto visits Orlando on Friday, earlier than internet hosting Utah on Sunday.
BEEN A WHILE
The 76ers have not gained a regular-season recreation north of the border since Nov. 10, 2012, once they beat Toronto 93-83. Philadelphia’s main scorers that evening have been Jrue Vacation, Nick Younger and Thaddeus Younger, every of whom scored 16 factors. On the time, it was Philadelphia’s fifth win in six conferences with the Raptors.
76ers: Host Sacramento on Wednesday evening.
Raptors: Host New York on Wednesday evening.