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Sunday Headlines: Tyrese Maxey Edition

Maxey scored 38 points in as many minutes as the Sixers took down the Raptors in Game 1

NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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