Leonard and Siakam power Raptors to game 1 victory against Philadelphia

Tomas Karageorgos | Report

Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam combined for 74 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 108-95.

Leonard scored a career high 45 points on 16-23 from the field, and 10-11 from the free-throw line. He also had 11 rebounds. Siakam scored 29 points on 12-15 shot and 3-4 from three.

Kyle Lowry had nine points and eight assists, and Marc Gasol ended with eight points including two three-pointers. Serge Ibaka scores seven off the bench, including six boards and two blocks.

All 76ers starters scored in double figures. JJ Redick had 17 points, five of which were three-pointers. Joel Embiid shot 5-18 from the field and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons scored 14 apiece. Harris grabbed 15 boards and provided six assists,  while Simmons shot 7-8 from the field and had nine rebounds.

Both teams struggled from the charity stripe, as the Raptors shot 70.8%, and Philadelphia shot 66.7%. This is the fifth game in a row that Toronto has held their opponent to under 100 points.

Kawhi Leonard was guarded by multiple players throughout the game, but none were fully able to contain him.

Leonard continues to impress on the defensive end which creates opportunities for his teammates going the other way.

The Raptors will try to replicate their game 1 performance in game 2 which tips off at 8 p.m. on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena.

Featured image from Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press.

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