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Tyrese Maxey scores career-high 44 as 76ers down Raptors

Oct 28, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) moves to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) during the first quarter at Scotiabank Arena against the Toronto Raptors. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Tyrese Maxey scored a career-best 44 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the visiting Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Toronto Raptors 112-90 on Friday night.

The 76ers gained a split of the two-game set with the Raptors at Toronto despite being without Joel Embiid (right knee recovery on Friday) as Maxey made nine 3-pointers. He was 15-for-20 overall from the field.

Tobias Harris and De’Anthony Melton each scored 13 points for the 76ers, who won for the second time in six games this season. James Harden added 11 points.

Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have split their first six games this season and lost for the first time at home.

O.G. Anunoby added 19 points and nine rebounds for Toronto. Gary Trent Jr. scored 14 points and Scottie Barnes had 13.

Philadelphia led by 11 entering the fourth quarter and quickly increased the margin to 16. Chris Boucher’s layup cut the lead to 10 with 6:12 to play. Maxey scored 10 straight points capped by two free throws with 4:20 to play in the fourth, to increase the lead to 20 points.

The lead reached 21 when Harris hit a 3-pointer with 3:14 remaining.

With Maxey scoring 14 points, the 76ers led 28-26 after one quarter.

Philadelphia scored the first eight points of the second quarter. Maxey’s layup increased the lead to 33-21 with 8:55 remaining in the second quarter. Maxey’s 3-pointer with 3:09 to go bumped the lead to 19. Philadelphia led 65-48 at halftime.

Maxey had 27 points on 10-for-10 shooting, including seven 3-pointers, in the first half. Siakam had 18 first-half points for Toronto.

The Raptors, who did not commit a turnover in the first half in defeating the 76ers on Wednesday, gave it up 10 times in the first half on Friday.

Toronto scored the first six points of the third quarter. Using an 8-0 rum, the Raptors trimmed the lead to six with 4:09 left in the third quarter. Maxey scored four straight points to get the lead to 10. Philadelphia led 81-70 after three quarters.

–Field Level Media