Joel Embiid displayed his dominance on the court as the Philadelphia 76ers triumphed over the Toronto Raptors with a final score of 114-99. While Embiid only recorded one block on the stat sheet, coach Nick Nurse believed he deserved credit for more. “I was like, one? I feel like he should have been credited with four,” Nurse commented on Embiid’s shot-blocking prowess.
Embiid led the way for the 76ers with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, showcasing his all-around skills. The victory marked the 76ers’ first game since trading James Harden, allowing them to focus on their play without distractions. “I don’t think we’ve ever had any distractions,” Embiid stated. “You can see the way we’ve been playing and the way we’ve carried ourselves. I don’t think we’ve been bothered. Guys have been focused knowing that we’re still good enough.”
Kelly Oubre Jr. and Tobias Harris contributed 23 points each, with Oubre earning a spot in the starting lineup after the Harden trade. Tyrese Maxey chipped in with 18 points, while Scottie Barnes led the Raptors with 24 points.
The Sixers started strong with a well-balanced attack and used only nine players, building a 58-49 lead at halftime. Unexpected contributors like Furkan Korkmaz made an impact, stretching the lead with critical plays.
In the third quarter, the Sixers faced some adversity but maintained their lead. Pat Beverley, despite a slow start, had a strong quarter, recording two steals and contributing offensively.
Kelly Oubre’s impressive three-point shooting, going 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, played a crucial role in the Sixers’ win. The newcomers, Robert Covington and K.J. Martin, made a brief appearance in the closing minutes of the game.
With this victory, the 76ers continue to showcase their strength as a team, despite changes to their lineup. They look forward to their next matchup against the Phoenix Suns, led by Kevin Durant, on Saturday afternoon.