Sixers Starters Play Well, But Bench Collapses Late in 121-125 Loss To Raptors

The Sixers came in to today’s game having suffered their worse lost in the bubble, in their previous outing against the Phoenix Suns. However they were severely impacted by injuries and look to put forth a better effort in tonight’s matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

First Quarter

It was all Sixers in the first quarter. The offense was clicking on all cylinders, leading by as many as 16. Philly was also able to get Raptors star Kyle Lowry in quick foul trouble. As he was called for 3 fouls in just the first few minutes of the quarter. Tobias Harris led the Sixers with 9 points. Philly ends the 1st quarter up 32-25.

Second Quarter

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The Sixers continued to put presser on the defending champs in the second quarter. They had made 3s from both Furkan Kormaz and Al Horford in the second. Toronto made a few runs to keep it close but Harris made sure the Sixers went in to the half with the lead. The score after 24 minutes of play was 62-55.

Third Quarter

The Raptors played their best basketball of the game in the third quarter. They outscore the Sixers by 9 thanks in large part to a plethora of Philly turnovers. Even though the Sixers were able to continue their good shooting from beyond the arc, it wasn’t enough to keep them from trailing going into the 4th quarter 90-88.

Fourth Quarter

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The Fourth quarter was mostly played by both teams benches. So of course there was a defensive collapse by the Sixers. Philly squandered what was at one point an 8 point lead with a few minutes to go and found themselves trailing with 4.7 seconds to play. And on the ensuing inbounds play they committed their 17th turnover of the game on a horrendous pass by Matisse Thybulle intended for Raul Neto and the Sixers loss their third straight game in the bubble.

Final Score: 121- 125

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