Philadelphia 76ers star guard James Harden said "there was no chance" he and his teammates were going back to Philadelphia for a Game 7 versus the Toronto Raptors. The 76ers dominated the Raptors in the first two games, before Joel Embiid hit a stunning game-winner in Game to give the 76ers a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The Raptors won Game 4 to avoid a sweep, before they also beat the 76ers in Philadelphia to reduce the deficit to 3-2. On Thursday night, the Raptors had a chance to win Game 6 in front of their home fans and force a Game 7.
However, Harden and company had other plans as they dominated the Raptors 132-97 to close out the series. Harden, who was called out after losses in Games 4 and 5, responded in Game 6 as he scored 22 points and dished out 15 assists.
"We weren't going back to Philly for a Game 7," Harden said, per ESPN. Harden and his teammates get it done No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series. 76ers head coach Doc Rivers three times lost a series after his team was 3-1 up.
Rivers certainly felt extremely relieved after his players won Game 6 to close out the series. "It's funny: Our shootaround was terrible today," 76ers coach Rivers said. "I called it ... they didn't want to hear us anymore.
They were done with coaching. They had heard it already. They were ready to play. They were locked in."
The Raptors gave their best but it just wasn't enought.
"Listen, congratulations to them, first of all," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
"I thought they were certainly great in three of these games in this series. They were really great. "They shot it, and they passed it really well in three of the games, and tonight was one of them." The 76ers wanted Harden to be aggressive in Game 6 and that's how he approached the game.
"He's just such a tough person to guard," Tobias Harris said of Harden. "So when he's doing all those different moves and getting us involved and also, you know, just pushing the pace, that's huge for our group and our team."
Harden felt the 76ers had a good chance to close out the series earlier but just didn't. "We had opportunities last few games to put them away and we just didn't," Harden said. "So I wanted to come out and be aggressive.
Not just scoring basketball, but making the right plays, and getting into the paint. I knew good things would happen."