Tobias Harris triple-double in debut career as Sixers beat Raptors – CBS Philly
TORONTO (AP) – Tobias Harris had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his first career triple-double, Joel Embiid finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on to beat the Raptors from Toronto 114-109 on Tuesday Night.
Georges Niang scored 19 points, Seth Curry had 12 and Furkan Korkmaz 10 as the 76ers claimed their second straight victory.
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“It wasn’t pretty but, for us, we’ll take it,” Harris said. “But there are many areas that we need to improve. “
Harris shot 3 for 12 and missed his only 3-point attempt, but scored 13 points on the free throw line and reached double-digit assists for the first time in his career.
“Overall I just wanted to stay aggressive and just make games there,” Harris said. “Credit to my teammates for their good looks and their ability to take shots and finish. “
Niang said he was “ecstatic” for Harris.
“He came to the free throw line, he bounced the ball and was a facilitator and generated open shots,” said Niang. “That’s why they pay this guy so dear, you know what I mean?” Because your abilities are more than one.
Chris Boucher scored a season-high 28 points and tied his career high with 19 rebounds, but the exhausted Raptors lost their second in a row.
Pascal Siakam, Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn returned for Toronto after being among 10 players to miss Sunday’s 144-99 loss in Cleveland due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, Isaac Bonga and Justin Champagnie remain in the protocols.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers bristled at the suggestion his team should have won more comfortably against the understaffed Raptors.
“I will take any victory on the road, anytime, anyhow,” said Rivers. “I’m not just sitting around and judging like, ‘Well, we didn’t win by 10 tonight, or 12.’ We won the game. “
Siakam scored 28 points while Trent had 19 despite shooting 6 for 24. Each played 41 minutes.
“They were definitely tired,” said coach Nick Nurse. “They would be tired under normal circumstances, but under those circumstances they were pretty gassed, I imagine.”
After Toronto took a 78-76 lead over Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointers with 2:02 left in the third, the 76ers responded with a 19-5 run, including a 10-2 push to start the fourth which was fueled by eight consecutive points from Niang.
The Raptors fired back and Trent scored 3 points with 1:41 left to give Toronto a 107-106 lead.
Harris responded with a pair of free throws, Siakam scored for Toronto and Embiid responded with 51 seconds left to restore Philadelphia to a one-point lead.
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Harris was fouled after grabbing the rebound off the missed Trent with 21 seconds left, and made two more on the line to give the Sixers a 112-109 lead. Toronto missed a chance to make a tying shot when Trent returned the ball with six seconds left.
Toronto forward DJ Wilson missed the first half while awaiting clearance to return from protocols, but came on in the third quarter.
The Sixers were without Andre Drummond, Danny Green and Shake Milton, who are all in health and safety protocols.
Siakam connected on six of eight attempts and scored 14 points in the first, but the 76ers led 27-24 after one. Philadelphia shot 5 for 10 with 3 points in the second and led 55-48 at halftime.
Embiid scored 15 points in the third, but Boucher shot 3 for 3 to 3 as Toronto closed the gap. The Sixers led 85-81 before the fourth.
WELL ON LINE
Harris scored 13 for 14 on the free throw line while Embiid finished 12 for 14.
Playing at home for the second time since arena capacity was capped at 50% due to Ontario’s current COVID-19 restrictions, the Raptors have drawn a crowd of 6,960 during the off season.
76ers: Green’s absence has kept him from finally receiving his 2019 NBA Championship ring. He is now expected to receive the ring when the Sixers return to Toronto on April 7, 2022.
Raptors: Their three-game winning streak at home has been interrupted. … Missed seven of his first nine field goal attempts in the last period. … G Dalano Banton (right knee) was sent off about an hour before kick-off. … C Precious Achiuwa and C Khem Birch are no longer on COVID-19 protocols but neither are ready to return.
76ers: Visit Brooklyn Thursday.
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Raptors: Host the LA Clippers on Friday.