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Raptors rout Sixers to stay alive

Agence France-Presse
Raptors rout Sixers to stay alive
Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors shoots over Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter during Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round at the Wells Fargo Center on April 25, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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NEW YORK – The Toronto Raptors stunned the Philadelphia 76ers on the road, 103-88, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) to keep their series alive against the fourth seeds.

Toronto dropped the first three games of the series but are now just one win from tying it up and forcing a game seven after the victory.

Sixers talisman Joel Embiid clearly looked to be struggling with the thumb injury that has been diagnosed as a ligament tear. Embiid once again failed to impose himself, finishing with 20 points, well below his season average of more than 30 points per game. 

Sixers star James Harden was also kept quiet with just 15 points while Tyrese Maxey finished with 12 points.

Instead, it was Toronto who dominated, jumping into an early first quarter lead which they never relinquished during a composed performance.

Pascal Siakam led the Toronto scoring with 23 points while O.G. Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. both had 16 points apiece.

Toronto will now be brimming with confidence as they head into game six in Canada on Thursday (Friday in Manila). 

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in an NBA playoff series.

Toronto head coach Nick Nurse played down suggestions that momentum was now with his team heading into game six.

"I mean, maybe, but it doesn't really matter," Nurse said. "The ball goes up on Thursday, everybody's got to fight like heck."

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