Guard Tyrese Maxey wasn’t expected to be the leading scorer for the Philadelphia 76ers, but after dropping 38 points in Game 1, he’s looking like a difference-maker for Philly, who came away with a 131-111 Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors.
The Sixers also have MVP candidate Joel Embiid and former MVP James Harden, both of which dropped 19 and 22 respectively. It was Maxey who stole the show, though, shooting 14-for-21 from the field. Maxey also poured in five triples on eight attempts from deep.
It was a dominant showing from the second-year former Wildcat. While Maxey should be a candidate for the league’s Most Improved Player award, having increased his scoring from 8 points per game to 17.5, he certainly wasn’t expected to put together this type of showing.
Maxey is proving, on the biggest stage, that he’s capable of being one of the best pure scorers in the NBA. Maxey shot 48.5% from the field this season and hit 42.7% of his threes.
If the Sixers hope to win this series with ease, it’s going to be on Maxey to continue thriving. Considering he’s averaging just over 19 per game against Toronto this season, his impact should continue throughout the duration of the series.
Tweet(s) of the Day
Youngins showed out today.— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 17, 2022
Ant — 36 points at age 20
Maxey — 38 points at age 21
Poole — 30 points at age 22
All wins. pic.twitter.com/QVAikKMRaV
Tyrese Maxey went off for 38 points in the 76ers win. His 21 3rd-quarter points were the 2nd-most by a 76ers player in playoff quarter over the last 25 seasons.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 17, 2022
At 21 years old, Maxey is the youngest player to score 30 points in a playoff game in 76ers history. pic.twitter.com/UTdfTtbXQ5
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