Stayin Alive: Raptors Defy Skeptics and Win Game 4

Oh-Canada Apr 23, 2022

In Saturday afternoon's must-win game, Toronto defeated Philadelphia 110-102 – playoff series now 3-1 in favour of 76ers

After three horrid playoff performances in a row, Toronto finally showed up and played with some heart.  So, there will be a Game 5 between the Raptors and 76ers.

With their backs against the wall, Toronto avoided the humiliating sweep by earning a 110-102 win over the 76ers in Game 4.  Pascal Siakam set a new postseason career-high with 34 points.  Gary Trent Jr. added 24 points in the game.

The 76ers were led by 22 points from James Harden, who shot a woeful 5 of 17 from the field.  Star Joel Embiid, dealing with a thumb injury, scored 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

Toronto welcomed Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes back into the lineup, though he still appeared to be hobbled by his left ankle.  Fred VanVleet, however, exited with a strained left hip and did not return.

Facing elimination, Toronto was the more motivated team, and that became evident early on in the game.  The Raptors forced 16 Philadelphia turnovers and scored 21 fast-break points as a result.  They also outrebounded the Sixers (46 to 41) and scored more points inside the paint (42 to 38).  

The Sixers still seem to be the more talented team, but that doesn't mean that they'll be able to coast to playoff victories without giving maximum effort, and that's a lesson they learned the hard way on Saturday.

With Game 5 just two days away, neither team has much time to dwell on their performances.  The Round 1 playoff series will now return to Philadelphia for Game 5 on Monday night.