TORONTO – There was no added motivation for Scottie Barnes to point out up his former head coach on residence courtroom. Nonetheless, the Toronto Raptors fell quick a second straight evening in making an attempt to get a win.
Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey every scored 34 factors in main the Philadelphia 76ers to a 114-107 win over the Raptors in Nick Nurse’s first journey again to Toronto on Saturday. The Raptors had dropped a 104-103 additional time resolution to the Bulls in Chicago on Friday evening.
“No,” Barnes mentioned when requested of any additional motivation. “You understand, was simply making an attempt to go on the market and win, attempt to beat these guys. Simply making an attempt to get again heading in the right direction. Come on the market the following sport and play higher, play more durable. Attempt to go on the market and win.”
Nurse was with the Raptors from 2013-2018 as an assistant coach earlier than being promoted to move coach, which lasted from 2018 till his firing on April 21.
Nurse, who was employed by the 76ers on June 1 to be their head coach, led the Raptors to their lone NBA title in his first season on the helm.
He was met with applause by the Scotiabank Area crowd upon his pre-game introduction and a standing ovation throughout a primary quarter timeout when “Thank You Nick” was proven on the videoboard.
“Probably not however I might say that I wasn’t possibly prepared for coming again this fast and I assumed it did,” Nurse mentioned of reflecting on his time in Toronto. “Like I mentioned at first, it felt like actually far more stranger than I assumed it was going to really feel.
“I do know every little thing’s magnified on this stage, however I’ve left groups and gone again to educate at locations many many occasions in my profession. However it’s 10 years.
“You understand, I all the time say my youngsters are born right here. They received Canadian passports, did all that point with the nationwide crew. Unbelievable the way in which folks have handled me right here, unbelievable metropolis proper? It’s type of hitting me just a little bit, for certain.”
Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 factors off the bench for Philadelphia (1-1), which earned its first win of the younger NBA season.
“They have been making photographs, Embiid dominated on the post-ups, he’s undoubtedly a beast the way in which he performs, the way in which he carries that crew,” mentioned Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic.
“And Tyrese Maxey had an incredible evening, taking pictures 7-for-9 from the three-point line, making the proper choices, attending to the rim. They performed nicely, give them credit score.”
Barnes had a team-high 24 factors for Toronto (1-2), with rookie Gradey Dick scoring 16 for his first profession regular-season factors.
Toronto went an ideal 7-for-7 from three-point vary within the opening quarter. Dick made his first NBA basket, for 3 of his eight factors within the body, and the Raptors went up 36-27 to finish the quarter.
“After all,” Dick mentioned of remembering his first factors. “It’s a particular factor … to say that was my first level in an NBA sport is one thing particular and a dream come true.”
Maxey hit a 3 with 5:07 left within the second quarter for Philadelphia’s first lead since 8:44 of the primary. However Toronto answered with an 11-0 run, ultimately taking a 59-56 benefit into halftime.
Philadelphia opened the third quarter on a 15-2 run, with eight coming from Embiid, simply over 4 minutes in.
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Whereas the Raptors later answered with a 10-2 run, the 76ers stored Toronto at bay behind Embiid and Maxey’s mixed 29 factors within the body, and took a 91-79 lead into the fourth.
“Lack of power or drained, no matter is perhaps the case, however we simply didn’t have the juice that stretch there,” Rajakovic mentioned. “However we didn’t hand over.
“Our guys are very resilient and we continued enjoying all the way in which to the tip, we have been looking for a technique to get within the sport and steal a win tonight.”
Down 100-92, Dick nailed a straightaway three with 6:20 left within the sport. However Maxey punctuated a 7-0 run with a triple to present the 76ers a 12-point benefit with 4:15 remaining, a lead they by no means relinquished.
‘IT WAS TIME’
Nurse was given the boot by the Raptors after a 41-41 12 months that concluded with a play-in event loss to Chicago to overlook the post-season. It was the second time in three years Toronto had missed the playoffs.
Nonetheless, Nurse mentioned pre-game that he wasn’t disenchanted by his firing.
“I believe like I mentioned after I left, many occasions, was is felt prefer it was time, in all probability for each side and nonetheless feels that technique to me wanting round,” he mentioned.
“I have a look at them play they usually appear to be they’re enjoying nice and I’m actually having fun with teaching this crew, so I believe all people’s the place they’re presupposed to be.”
The Raptors play the second of their three-game homestand in opposition to the Portland Path Blazers on Monday.
The 76ers tackle the Path Blazers on Sunday within the first of a five-game homestand.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 28, 2023.
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