Raptors hold Embiid scoreless, beat 76ers

The Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless for the first time in his career en route to a 101-96 win against Philadelphia on Monday.

Matt Thomas did not play because of a fractured finger he suffered during the Atlanta game. It turns out that he has a broken finger and will be out approximately four weeks.

The Raptors played an eight-man rotation because of Thomas’ absence. Pascal Siakam led scorers with 25 points, he also had seven rebounds. Fred VanVleet had 24 points and eight assists.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson recorded a double-double in 31 minutes with 16 points and 10 boards. OG Anunoby scored 12, and Terence Davis had 11.

Josh Richardson had 25 points for the 76ers. Tobias Harris scored 18 and Al Horford recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Mike Scott scored 12 off the bench. Ben Simmons had 10 points, 14 assists and nine boards.

Toronto’s emphasis was on defence for the whole game, as they focused on shutting down Joel Embiid. That task was taken care of by Siakam and Marc Gasol. Both players had two blocks each.

The Raptors clawed their way back after being down two possessions in the fourth quarter.

Toronto will host the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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