Lackluster performance leads to the Toronto Raptors losing 112-90 to the Philadelphia 76ers

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Saturday, October 29, 2022

Coming off the best collective performance of the season, the Toronto Raptors followed that up with the worst collective performance falling to the Philadelphia 76ers to a score of 112-90. It was an embarrassing effort, although there were glimpses of hope, it was never anything substantial.

Before tip-off, it was announced that Joel Embiid would not play due to a leg injury. Considering that the Raptors won just a couple of nights prior against the Sixers in convincing fashion, it was safe to assume that Toronto would handle business. That wasn't the case.

Philadelphia was just the better team. The first quarter kept the game close and provided the impression that this will be a back-and-forth game just ready for whoever takes it. That team happened to be Philly and they never looked back.

Tyrese Maxey was absolutely sensational and had the best game of his career. The former Kentucky product finished with 27 points in the first half alone, while going 10/10 from the field. Maxey would finish the game with 44 points, carrying and leading the Sixers on his back.

Whenever Toronto would make a run and gain enough momentum to get back in the game, Maxey had something to say. The third quarter was all Toronto. They cut down the 17-point deficit to just six at one point. Fans were preparing themselves for a comeback, especially since Philly was without Embiid.

The Raptors were unable to get over that hump of six points, and Tyrese Maxey just couldn't be stopped, eventually flipping this game completely in the favour of the Sixers. Pascal Siakam made a valiant effort to keep Toronto in the game finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. The man who was matched up against Maxey was nothing close to worth bragging about. 

Fred VanVleet struggled mightily with only a single point, while also getting absolutely torched on the other side of the ball. There weren't really any bright spots from Toronto that are clearly worth talking about. The team as a whole shot 38.4 percent from the field while allowing the Sixers to show 52.4 percent from the field.

Toronto actually outrebounded Philadelphia 45-41, however, that doesn't matter when you aren't able to convert on any shots. There was a lack of urgency from this Toronto Raptors team that was showing from the very beginning of this game. Hopefully, this can be one of those performances that this roster will look back on when talking about moments that flipped the switch.

The Toronto Raptors after dropping to 3-3 on the season, will now shift their attention to the revamped Atlanta Hawks on Monday at 7:30 PM ET.