Raptors suffer disappointing loss against the Sixers at the hands of Oubre Jr. and Harris

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, November 2, 2023

The Toronto Raptors got their second taste of the Philadelphia 76ers in a matter of just a single week, however, the result from the first didn't change. Toronto saw themselves on the bad side of a 114-99 game, as the Sixers convincingly took this game. Although this score suggests that this game was all Philadelphia from start to finish, Toronto did show some competitiveness.

Scottie Barnes came in tonight with four straight 20+ point performances which was a career high. In the first quarter, it was evident that the streak would be extended to five. He scored 10 of the first 13 points for the Raptors and made his presence felt early. He would cool down over the course of the game finishing but finished with a team-high 24 points along with eight rebounds and eight assists.

Dennis Schroder continued his steady play at the point guard position notching his second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 assists on the night. His level-headed poise at the point of attack kept Toronto within arms reach for most of the game. What really hurt the Raptors was the end-of-quarter minutes with the second unit.

Gradey Dick and Gary Trent Jr. were not the players you wanted them to be tonight. Dick finished with a net rating of -17 while Trent Jr. finished with a rating of -15. Malachi Flynn wasn't much better finishing with -8. Whenever the main bench group was in Toronto saw the game slipped from them. 

Unlike the first outing where Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey went off for 34 a piece, it was Tobias Harris and Kelly Oubre Jr. that killed the Raptors. Although Embiid still led the team in scoring with 28 points, Harris was amazing tallying 23 points and seven rebounds. Oubre continues his stellar play this season with 23 points himself going 5-6 from beyond the arc. The Raptors did a great job at containing Maxey to just 18 points but the others for the Sixers picked up the load with ease.

Toronto didn't help themselves committing 19 turnovers leading to 20 points. The play of Pascal Siakam was a detriment as well as he finished with just 10 points while taking 11 shots. Not what was expected from the Raptors' star player after coming off of a season-high 26 points in the previous game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Raptors now drop to 2-4 on the season and aren't off to the start they wanted at all. Their next game will be a chance of redemption against rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday at 3:30 PM ET.