Powered by a new playoff career-high from Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors jumped out to a 1-0 series lead over the Philadelphia 76ers, winning Game 1, 108-95, in an easy and entertaining fashion. It wasn’t supposed to be that easy.
While Toronto was certainly favored to come out of its second round series with Philadelphia, it’s not like any sane person was picking the Raptors to completely run the Sixers off the floor. That probably won’t happen in every game of the series. For now, though, the Raptors are definitively in the driver’s seat after a 108-95 Game 1 win that was nowhere near as close as the Sixers garbage time run might suggest.
A series as comically high on talent as this one is likely going to boil down the performances of the team’s stars. Round one goes to Toronto’s.
There’s a case for Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam being a duo unmatched around the league so far in these playoffs. After a bit of a clunky start saw the Raptors fall down 7-2, it was the pair who have carried the Raptors’ scoring load all year who swung the game irrevocably in Toronto’s …
Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ