Apr 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) gestures after a scoring play against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during game six of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

After failing at their first two chances to eliminate the Toronto Raptors, the third time was the charm for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The lead was slim at halftime, with Philadelphia leading Toronto 62-61 at the break. In the third quarter, though, the close game became a laugher. The 76ers outscored the Raptors 37-17 in the third quarter to open up a 99-78 lead, effectively putting the game away.

In the end, Philadelphia was on the right side of a 132-97 win, clinching the series in the process.

Both the 76ers and Raptors got a lot of attention from NBA fans watching the game.


The Toronto fans were not especially friendly to Philadelphia star Joel Embiid, hitting him with some decidedly non-PG chants. But that didn’t seem to bother him. He finished the game with 33 points and 10 rebounds. James Harden had a double-double, as well, scoring 22 points and dishing out 15 assists.

It was a tense few days for the 76ers. After opening up a 3-0 lead, news broke that Embiid was dealing with a thumb injury. Philadelphia lost Game 4 in Toronto 110-102 and more shockingly, was drubbed 103-88 at home in a potential Game 5 clincher. That no doubt made things more tense than the 76ers would have liked. Despite that, they got the result they needed.

Philadelphia will now take on the East’s No. 1 seed, the Miami Heat.

That series will get underway on Monday, May 2.

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