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After promising season, expectations for upstart Raptors only rise from hereIn the end, the Toronto Raptors dug themselves into too deep a hole. But despite their first-round elimination at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, it’s tough not to view the Raptors season as a success.

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In the end, the Toronto Raptors dug themselves into too deep a hole.

For three days between Games 5 and 6, momentum seemed firmly on the side of the Raptors becoming the first NBA team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers was getting defensive over his spotty playoff record, MVP finalist Joel Embiid was questioning co-star James Harden's aggressiveness, and the plucky Raptors were one home win away from forcing Game 7.

It, rather emphatically, didn't happen. The 76ers ran away from the Raptors in the third quarter of Game 6 en route to a 132-97 victory. Embiid recorded 33 points and 12 rebounds, while Harden enjoyed his best game of the series with 22 points and 15 assists.

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2 days agoDuration 0:48Philadelphia beats Toronto 132-97 and takes the first round series 4-2. Joel Embiid scores game-high 33 points while James Harden adds 22 points and a game-high 15 assists.TEAM PAGE: Toronto Raptors

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