Tyrese Maxey reacts to his huge performance in Game 1 win over Raptors

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PHILADELPHIA–It is not normal for a 21-year-old in just his second NBA season to be doing what Tyrese Maxey is doing out on the floor for the Philadelphia 76ers.

On a team that has championship aspirations and are leaning more on Joel Embiid and James Harden who are can’t miss superstars, it was Tyrese Maxey who came up in a huge way in Saturday’s Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Maxey dropped 38 points on 14-for-21 shooting and he knocked down five triples to lead the way for the Sixers in the win. He was spectacular in the third quarter when he had 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the quarter alone.

“Honestly, I just went out there and tried my best to help my team,” said Maxey. “That’s really all I do every single night and being aggressive. They told me I need to be aggressive in this series and I tried to start out fast for us.”

The performance in the third quarter was especially needed as the Raptors cut a 24-point deficit down to 11 and it looked like they had momentum. However, Maxey wasn’t having it.

“They had to help because his (Harden’s) ISO game is pretty good,” Maxey explained. “Joel’s ISO game is pretty good so they have to help so every time, I’m getting a pass, they’re in rotation, and because they’re in rotation and I work on the shot and shooting the ball well, they’re flying so it’s either a shot or it’s a drive to make a decision for myself or somebody else.”

The passionate Philadelphia crowd began chanting “Maxey” during the run as the young man out of Kentucky was in the midst of his run, but for him, this is all in the past now. It’s time to get ready for Game 2.

“I appreciate it, but I think the only thing that I’m gonna remember is us winning, he added. “That’s all that matters at this point and now it’s in my rearview mirror and it’s time to look ahead to Game 2 and be focused and get prepared.”

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