SIXERS BETTER MAKE ADJUSTMENTS FOR GAME 2 ON MONDAY!

“He’s as good as there is in the NBA at generating his own shot, and then making tough shots,” Sixers JJ Redick said about Kawhi Leonard. “Clearly we need to figure out what we’re doing with him and Siakam.”

By Sally Fahey

Kyle Lowry had nine points and eight assists as the Raptors led by as many as 20 en route to their fifth straight postseason victory, extending a franchise record.

Toronto won its 14th consecutive home meeting with Philly and improved to 22-3 against the 76ers since the start of the 2013-14 season. No other opponent has beaten the Sixers more often over the past five seasons.

Tobias Harris had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Redick scored 17 points for the 76ers, whose four-game playoff winning streak was snapped.

“We’re not going home, we’re not going away,” Brown said. “We will dig in and come back better in Game 2.”

Joel Embiid scored 16 points and Ben Simmons had 14. Jimmy Butler scored 10 points and shot 4 for 12.

Embiid missed nine of his 13 shots in the first half. He finished 5 for 18.

Toronto improved to 3-14 in the first game of a playoff series, winning an opener for the first time since a first-round victory against Washington on April 14, 2018.

The only other time Toronto won a playoff series opener was 2001, when Carter’s Raptors won Game 1 of the second round at Philadelphia. Toronto lost that series in seven games.

Hot starts from Leonard and Siakam put Toronto in control early, and Lowry fuelled a pivotal 10-0 run in the third quarter that kept the Raptors comfortable.

Toronto’s first bench points came on Serge Ibaka ‘s jump shot with 1:57 left in the third, a basket that put Toronto up 89-70. The Raptors finished with 10 bench points, seven from Ibaka and three from Fred VanVleet.

Leonard and Siakam both shot 7 of 9 and scored 17 points as Toronto jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Down 7-2 early, the Raptors immediately reclaimed the lead with a 9-0 run and went almost eight minutes without missing a shot, hitting on 13 straight from the field. Toronto was up 39-31 after one.

“It was big to have those two guys step up and jump-start us,” Nurse said.

Leonard scored 10 more in the second and the Raptors led 61-52 at halftime.

Redick’s 3-pointer at 8:48 of the third cut it to 68-64, but Lowry scored four points in a 10-0 Toronto run over the next two minutes. The Raptors took a 92-81 lead to the fourth.

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