Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers - Game 5- Game Report - May 7 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Star Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his lowest effort thus far, but it was enough to propel the Raptors to a 125-89 blowout against the 76ers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
Pascal Siakam, who was a game-time decision, dropped 25 points in the win. Leonard was 7 of 16 from the field and 7 of 8 in a game that saw a whopping 16 three-pointers made by the Raptors which was also a franchise record.
Kyle Lowry had 19 points in the win, and all five starters finished with double digits, including Serge Ibaka, who needed stitches after getting an elbow to the head in the first quarter. The Raptors got a solid effort from their bench, including a dunk by Norman Powell to give Toronto a 40 point margin with just over two minutes left.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, while Tobias Harris had 15 for the 76ers who had their worst postseason loss since losing by 40 in the 1982 conference finals vs the Celtics.
Ben Simmons also struggled for Philadelphia, shooting 3 for 5 and finished with just 7 points.
Joel Embiid, who played despite still being ill combined with Simmons had more turnovers than made baskets through the first three quarters. The 76ers also had 19 turnovers which lead to Toronto capitalizing with 31 points.
Game 6 is in Philadelphia on Thursday.