The Toronto Raptors are home once again to try and take care of business in Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Raptors are trying to do something Monday night they’ve only done once in their history.
Taking a 1-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Toronto can go up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series for only the second time. They won the first two games of an opening round series with the Washington Wizards last season and eventually closed that out in six games.
The Raptors will be looking for a repeat performance from Kawhi Leonard, who scored a personal playoff high 45 points in Game 1 while also trying to keep Sixers all-star centre Joel Embiid in check. Embiid had just 16 points in Game 1 after averaging more than 24 points per game in the first round of the playoffs.
Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday night in Philadelphia and Game 4 is there on Sunday afternoon.
76ers 69, Raptors 63
The game got some juice and the fans really got into the game about the same time the Raptors started making some outside shots, setting the stage for what could be a solid finish.
Toronto made as many three pointers in the first six minutes of the quarter and they had in the entire first half, pulled to within one point on two separate occasions but trailed 69-63 going into the fourth.
Leonard scored the first five points of the quarter and Toronto was 4-for-10 from beyond the arc in the quarter.
76ers 51, Raptors 38
The offensive woes got even worse for the Raptors in the second quarter and was the prime reason they were trailing 51-38 at the break.
Toronto shot just 32.6 per cent as a team and missed 12 of 15 three-point field goal attempts. Only a late spurt and 10 points from Kyle Lwory kept them even remotely close.
Leonard finished the half with 15 points and Jimmy Butler had 13 for Philadelphia. Butler made three three-pointers in the half and one of them turned in a four-point play was he was fouled by Danny Green.
76ers 26, Raptors 17
Facing a far more aggressive Philadelphia defence than they saw in Game 1, the Raptors struggled to score right from the outset on Monday night.
Toronto missed 16 of 23 shots in the opening quarter and fell behind 26-17 after 12 minutes, one of the largest deficits they’ve faced in five games.
Philadelphia centre Joel Embiid, who missed shootaround Monday morning with a stomach ailment, started and had four points in the quarter, all from the foul line.
Pascal Siakam had five points for Toronto but Kawhi Leonard only got three field goal attempts.
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