The starting lineups of two Eastern Conference playoff teams aren’t usually on the benches in the fourth quarter of a close game.
They were Wednesday night, though, as neither the Sixers nor the Raptors had anything to play for in a game that Toronto won, 125-121. That situation resulted in some exuberant celebrations and a mini-competition of which bench could bring the most energy. There was plenty of enthusiasm on both sides. (The photos below are from USA Today Images.)
Joel Embiid and Al Horford enjoyed Mike Scott’s shooting.
MIKE SCOTT FOR THREE.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 13, 2020
And the bench loves it. Sixers lead, 100-95. pic.twitter.com/VrwRMPRbZW
A late Matisse Thybulle jumper was a big hit, too.
The rook going from downtown!— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 13, 2020
Sixers holding a 118-114 lead over the Raptors right now. pic.twitter.com/3Z70O37ppa
And there were big smiles and incredulous reactions when rookie Marial Shayok blocked a shot and then chose a layup over a dunk on the ensuing fast break.
“I don’t minimize that sort of vibe, that action, at all,” Brett Brown said. “There is a true spirit amongst our group. There is a sort of inherent, accumulated, relational side that we’ve all expedited because we’re in the bubble in buses and restaurants and gyms and dormitories together. … I think the guys on the bench, whether it’s bench players or our starters, showing that type of support, that type of attitude, how can that not be a good thing?”
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