Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers were unable to complete a first-round sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
The Raptors defeated Embiid and the Sixers 110-102 on Saturday, with Siakam scoring 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and Gary Trent Jr. adding 24 points.
The fifth and final game will be held in Philadelphia on Monday night.
“I can tell you that we’ll be ready,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.
Despite a right thumb injury that necessitated him to wear a brace, Embiid started.
“It hurts,” Embiid admitted. “You have to utilize your hand a lot in basketball.”
No club has ever won an NBA playoff series after falling behind 3-0. After both coaches cleared their benches in the waning minutes, fans yelled “Raps in seven.”
Embiid claimed he hurt his thumb in the first half of Game 3 on Wednesday and had it tied up at halftime. He won the game in overtime with a game-winning 3-pointer, but wore a brace afterward and at Friday’s practice.
Embiid was seen shaking his hand in anguish numerous times Saturday, occasionally doubling over as he clutched the region, despite Rivers’ assertion that the injury can’t get any worse.
“From this point forward, it’ll be something he’ll have to deal with throughout the playoffs,” Rivers said. “It’s not going anywhere.” He’ll get better at figuring out how to use it as time goes on.”
In the first half, Embiid was 3 for 10 from the field. In 39 minutes, he went 7 for 16 and scored 21 points.
Embiid said he expects to have an MRI on Monday in Philadelphia, but that he will most likely continue to play even if doctors prescribe surgery.
He stated, “I want to play.” “I’m sure I’ll keep playing and do something after the season is over.”
The Sixers, who committed 16 turnovers and were outrebounded 46-41, didn’t deserve to win, according to Rivers.
“We just made so many errors,” he admitted. “You can’t win an NBA regular season game, let alone a playoff game, with the blunders we made.”
Toronto survived an injury to All-Star guard Fred VanVleet to avoid elimination with 13 points from Thaddeus Young, 10 from OG Anunoby, and six points and 11 rebounds from newly crowned NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes off the bench.
VanVleet ripped his jersey apart in disgust after being called for a foul with 4:57 left in the second quarter, and limped off the court to the locker room with a strained left hip.
Coach Nick Nurse said, “He’s been beat up fairly well this year and he continues to lace it up and go out there and play big minutes every week.” “That isn’t something that every player in this league does.”
VanVleet was scheduled for an MRI following the game, according to the nurse. In 15 minutes, VanVleet shot 2 for 6 and scored five points.
For the 76ers, Tobias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden scored 22 points. Harden went 5 for 17 from the field, including 2 for 10 from 3-point range.
Siakam shot 10 for 19 and went 13 for 15 at the free throw line after being kept scoreless in the second half of Toronto’s Game 3 loss.
Young said of Siakam, “It’s about pushing forward, and that’s what he did.”
After being hindered by illness in Games 1 and 2, Trent had scored 20 or more in straight games.
Trent added, “I wish I felt like this the first two games.” “My body is in good shape.”
With 9:10 left in the fourth quarter, Philadelphia called timeout after Young’s theft of Embiid’s errant pass resulted in a driving basket for Achiuwa, giving Toronto an 88-81 lead.
With 8:20 left in the game, Harden’s layup put it 90-85, but Toronto scored the next six points, all from the free throw line. Embiid’s pair of free throws ended the run, but Anunoby’s 3-pointer with 3:44 left in the fourth gave the Raptors a 99-87 lead.
The NBA announced ahead of tipoff that Toronto’s Barnes had earned Rookie of the Year, defeating Cleveland’s Evan Mobley. Under the current voting structure, which began with the 2002-03 season, the disparity of 15 points was the smallest in the rookie category.
Barnes sprained his left ankle in Game 1 of the series and hasn’t played since, but he got off the bench midway through the first quarter on Saturday.
Barnes required treatment after collapsing on defense early in the second, but he was able to return to the game.
In the first quarter, Embiid missed all five of his shots, including one from 3-point range.
In the first session, he only scored once as he made one of two free throws.
At halftime, Toronto was up 54-49. In the third, Embiid went 4 for 5 and scored eight points, but the Raptors led 80-77 going into the fourth.