NBA Basketball

96
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Philadelphia 34 15 31 16 96
Toronto 28 23 30 20 101
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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 25, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 19,800

Sixers, Raptors ready for rematch in Toronto

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Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors

  1. Philadelphia and Toronto meet for the first time since Kawhi Leonard's game-winning buzzer-beater eliminated Philly in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Including that series, the Raptors are 25-6 (.806) against the Sixers since 2013-14, the best record by an Eastern Conference team versus a divisional foe in that span.
  2. Following a 2-5 stretch from November 4-15, the Sixers have won their last four while outscoring their opponents, 112.8-97.3, on average. Against Miami on Saturday, Philadelphia's starters outscored Miami's starters, 94-33, going 35-for-56 (.625) from the field and 11-for-15 (.733) from three.
  3. In six games from November 4-13, Tobias Harris averaged 13.8 points with a 40.5 field-goal percentage while going 1-for-24 (.042) from three. Over his last five games, Harris is averaging 21.4 points on 60.0-percent field-goal shooting while going 10-for-19 (.526) from three.
  4. In 12 career games versus Marc Gasol (reg. season & postseason), Joel Embiid averages 16.1 points with a 35.9 field-goal percentage and a 23.8 three-point percentage. These are all well below Embiid's career marks of 24.2 PPG, 48.1 FG% and 31.8 3PT%.
  5. The Raptors have won 31 consecutive home games against divisional opponents. A win tonight would tie them for the longest home win streak versus divisional opponents all-time. The only longer streaks are 32-gamers by the Jazz (Nov. 15, 1996-April 12, 1999) and the Warriors (Oct. 30, 2013-April 12, 2017).
  6. In Game 1 of last year's playoff series, Pascal Siakam scored 29 points on 12-for-15 (.800) field-goal shooting in a Toronto win. He had another game with 25+ points and an 80.0+ field-goal percentage in the NBA Finals against the Warriors. He is one of three players in the last 35 years to have two such games in a single postseason; the others are Shaquille O'Neal (2003-04) and James Worthy (1983-84).

The last time the Philadelphia 76ers visited the Toronto Raptors on May 12 they lost on a dramatic shot for the ages.

Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beating shot over the reach of Joel Embiid gave the Raptors a 92-90 victory against the 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on their way to winning the NBA championship.

Leonard is no longer with the Raptors, having left as a free agent for the Los Angeles Clippers. And Jimmy Butler is no longer with the 76ers, and is now with the Miami Heat.

Both teams, however, are contending again for supremacy in the Eastern Conference with 11 wins each.

The teams are coming off contrasting victories on Saturday. The 76ers defeated the Heat 113-86 at home led by 32 points from Josh Richardson in a rout.

The Raptors were in Atlanta where they trailed at halftime, then came back to hold off the Hawks 119-116 with Pascal Siakam scoring 34 points.

Embiid added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who have won four straight games and are 7-0 at home. The Raptors are 6-0 at home.

Richardson, who played four seasons with the Heat before going to the 76ers, was 11-for-15 in shooting and 6-for-7 on 3-pointers Saturday after missing two games with right hip flexor tightness.

"I saw my first couple of shots go through and I was staying aggressive, finding the spots and the big guys did a great job of getting me open on screens," Richardson said. "I was able to create for myself and other guys off the screens."

Furkan Korkmaz, who replaced Richardson in the starting lineup the past two games, was out Saturday with a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated before the game against Toronto.

The Raptors were 3-1 against the 76ers during the last regular season, including both games in Toronto. The Raptors have won 13 home games in a row during the regular season against the 76ers.

The teams last played in the regular season Feb. 5 when Toronto won 119-107 at Philadelphia.

The Raptors could have forward Serge Ibaka back in the lineup Monday. He has missed seven games with a sprained right ankle. Guard Kyle Lowry also has missed seven games with a fractured left thumb, but he is still about a week from a return.

In Atlanta, the Raptors led by 11 points with 1:38 left in the game, but the Hawks trimmed to lead to two before Toronto went 3-of-4 free in free throws.

Fred VanVleet added 25 points for the Raptors.

"I was expecting a tough game from them and they gave it to us," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "We weren't real good. I thought we were kind of thinking maybe it was going to be a little easier than you do in a normal NBA game, which is a mistake. I thought we played one-on-one early and didn't hustle back on (defense) early and didn't execute our schemes. We were kind of chasing it."

The injuries to Ibaka and Lowry have provided a chance for young players like Chris Boucher and Terence Davis II to excel.

"The whole process, it's awesome," Raptors center Marc Gasol told the Toronto Sun. "It's a great process to be part of and being able to help them is great."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 24, 2019

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