Raptors star Fred VanVleet gives respect to Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey

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The star duo of the Philadelphia 76ers did not shoot the ball well in Saturday’s Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors. Joel Embiid shot just 5-for-15 and Harden was 6-for-17, but they were able to win by 20 thanks to the play of Tyrese Maxey.

The second-year guard out of Kentucky had 38 points on 14-for-21 shooting and he knocked down five triples in the win. There was nothing the Raptors could do to stop Maxey as he was just in a different zone for Philadelphia.

He outplayed Toronto All-Star Fred VanVleet in a huge way and the Raptors star gave his respect to Maxey.

“Obviously, we loaded up a ton on Joel and loaded up a ton on James, and he was able to find success in the cracks and the creases,” VanVleet told reporters. “Just have to guard him better and give him a little bit more attention. He’s a heck of a player. He had an amazing, almost damn-near-perfect game tonight. Give him credit. Obviously, we’ll show him a lot more attention going forward. But it’s one game.”

It will be tough for Toronto to defend Maxey in Game 2 if they are down prized rookie Scottie Barnes, which is a possibility, but VanVleet and the Raptors will certainly make adjustments and throw different coverages at him. That is where the chess match will begin.

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