The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Toronto Raptors 108-95 Saturday night, but a 13-point margin doesn’t come close to describing how brutally they got smacked.
The Sixers were outscored in every quarter. Their latest lead was 7-6. The game never really felt as close as the score, even when the deficit was double digits.
Only two Raptors scored in double figures, which would suggest the Sixers had a dominant defensive performance. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. There were some positives defensively, but there were also a lot of breakdowns.
The two Raptors who did score in double figures couldn't miss if they tried. Kawhi Leonard went 16-of-23 from the field for 45 points, and Pascal Siakam went 12-of-15 for 29 points.
On the flip side, no Sixer reached the 20-point mark. Embiid had just 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting, missing easy looks and forcing bad ones. Jimmy Butler shot 4-of-12, and Tobias Harris shot 6-of-17.
On the bright side for Philly, Ben Simmons had a nice game. He went 7-of-8 from the field and was the Sixers’ most effective (least ineffective?) option guarding Leonard. Obviously, it wasn’t nearly enough.
Boban Marjanovic was horrible, but Jonah Bolden was bad too. The Sixers could look to play more small-ball lineups when Embiid goes to the bench over the remainder of the series.
Overall, this game was terrible to watch. We can only hope the next one is more competitive.
Game 2 is on Monday at 8:00 pm in Toronto.