The Toronto Raptors lost to the Philadelphia 76ers with a final score of 110-104. What did we learn from the game?
The night in Philadelphia didn't go as planned. Actually, for much of the game, the Toronto Raptors were very much outdueled and outmatched against the 76ers. The Sixers looked clean and crisp while the Raptors seemed to be much more discombobulated.
The game started off with a slam from Pascal Siakam, but he faded away for most of the first half. Additionally, Fred VanVleet left early on in the first half with a knee contusion and would not return for the game. The shooting woes from three also kept the Raptors from making any ground against the 76ers. Overall, they shot 11-for-33 from deep.
On the other hand, the 76ers were giving the Raptors all they could handle, especially Tobias Harris. Harris ended the game with 26 points on 10-for-22 field goals and 4-for-8 from deep. Multiple times in the first half he seemingly blew by Siakam's defense.
The third quarter saw more poor shooting and the Toronto Raptors had their largest deficit on the season heading into the fourth at 18 points.
In the fourth quarter, however, the Toronto Raptors showed some fight and clawed their way back. Specifically, within the last five minutes, the Raptors put a lot of pressure on the 76ers to get the ball up the floor, which resulted in mistakes from the Sixers. Had there been a few more minutes, the Raptors could have very well come all the way back, but they simply ran out of time.
With that said, this game left a lot of lingering questions about how the Raptors will respond in the future. After losing three games in a row, answers will be needed sooner rather than later.