Raptors unleash 36-point Game 5 massacre on 76ers, take 3-2 lead

Raptors unleash 36-point Game 5 massacre on 76ers, take 3-2 lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 125-89 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals Tuesday night. The Raptors had six players score in double figures.

Pascal Siakam returned to life with 25 points and  8 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard poured in 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The Raptors also received a great performance by Kyle Lowry with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Meanwhile, Danny Green scored 17 points, while Marc Gasol added 11 points to finish off the 76ers in the pivotal game five.

Although the Raptors got out to a hot start, they only led by a single point at the end of 12 minutes.  However, they used a 37-17 run in the second quarter to turn the one-point game into a 21-point lead at the halftime break. Leonard produced 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in the first half despite shooting 3 of 9 early-on. Siakam came out on fire with 15 first half points. They didn’t need much more in the second half to secure the win.

The Raptors had four players reach double figures in the first half. Green found his jump shot, making all three of his 3-point attempts before the break. He finished 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the game.

Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points to lead the 76ers at the break. Tobias Harris joined Butler in double figures with 11 first half points. He finished with 15 points. Joel Embiid only scored five points in the first half. He played better in the second half to finish with 13 points. However, Embiid’s impact on the game was null and void. Ben Simmons also scored 5 of his 7 points in the first half. Simmons played limited minutes due to foul trouble. Yet, he played an ineffective 25 minutes by any standard of NBA game.

Meanwhile, the Raptors held J.J. Redick to three points on 1 of 6 shooting.

The Raptors displayed more activity on both ends of the floor. They also made 8 of 20 3-pointers in the first half, while the 76ers only made 1 of 10 shots from beyond the arc. Both teams combined to take 36 foul shots in the first half. The style of play continued in the second half. As a result, the Raptors made 16 of 40 attempts from 3-point range. Unfortunately for the 76ers, they only made 6 of 24 3-pointers in the whole game.

The Raptors only outscored the 76ers by two total points in the first and third quarters. However, they won the second and fourth quarters by 34 total points to earn the 36-point victory. The lead got as high as 40 points with a couple minutes left.

Game 5 is set for Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The 76ers will be playing their first elimination game of the 2019 NBA playoffs. The last time they fell behind in the series, they notched a pair of victories to take a 2-1 lead. Now, the 76ers need two straight wins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.


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