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Joel Embiid 31 points helps Sixers defeat Raptors 112-97; Philly leads series 2-0

Joel Embiid 31 points helps Sixers defeat Raptors 112-97; Philly leads series 2-0

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  • Raptors
Apr 19
SW Creative
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The Philadelphia 76ers took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with a 112-97 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center.

Leading Philadelphia to the win was star center Joel Embiid, who racked up a team-high 31 points and 11 rebounds.

However, the victory was perhaps at the expense of Embiid suffering a slight foot injury, as he limped off to the locker room after a collision with teammate guard James Harden.

Seeing how the 28-year-old performed, head coach Doc Rivers delivered a simple message to the player, saying, “No, Jo, you be the dominant guy.”

Rivers’ short message was an encouragement of sorts as Embiid had to take in foul after foul from the Raptors.

One foul, in particular, involved Toronto forward Ogugua Anunoby Jr. after just a few minutes of play in the first game. Both players were exchanging fouls as they kept shoving each other until they had to be called out for a technical foul.

“I didn’t really want them to set that tone,” Embiid explained about his technical foul. “I wanted myself and us to set that tone. That’s why I picked up that early technical foul.”

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse accused the game officials of what he thought was Philly getting away with hard fouls in the first game.

Embiid told Nurse to stop complaining, which he said: “respectfully, stop b\*\*\*\*ing about calls.”

Assisting Embiid and coming in second as Philadelphia’s top scorer was guard Tyrese Maxey, who managed 23 points, eight assists, and nine rebounds.

The 76ers are playing well heading into their third game of the playoff series against Toronto this Wednesday, April 20.

“No, Jo, you be the dominant guy.”

- Doc Rivers

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