‘We’re going to make history’: Fans descend on Jurassic Park as Raptors try to stay alive in Game 6

  • The Philadelphia 76ers lead 62-61 at the half against the Toronto Raptors.

Jurassic Park is in turmoil as the Raptors face a do-or-die Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers on home court Thursday – one that could be a stepping stone to a historic series finale if Toronto can pull off a win.

Fans showed up early to score a spot ahead of a crucial night in the Raptors playoffs.

“I’m really excited, the momentum is in our favor today,” said Keethen Jayarajan.

Jayarajan and his friends Massiah Ahmed and Kevin Triananda took their seats outside Scotiabank Arena early Thursday afternoon to watch the game on the big screen. Thousands of other hardcore fans joined them throughout the day.

They hope to see the Raps make history by doing what no NBA has ever done: come back from a 3-0 deficit and win a best-of-seven playoff series. But first, they have to win. Thursday night’s game and send the series back to Philadelphia for Game 7.

“Based on our last performance, I think we have a good chance of bringing the series home,” Jayarajan said.

Keethen Jayarajan, Massiah Ahmed and Kevin Triananda have been at Jurassic Park since mid-afternoon. They’re excited to see the Raptors make a potential comeback in the first-round series against Philadelphia. (Radio Canada)

“It’s going to be a tight fourth quarter, but Scottie for the win,” Triananda said, referring to electrifying young Raptors star Scottie Barnes, who won this season’s Rookie of the Year award.

Barnes is one of the main reasons the team was able to come back to the series with wins in Games 4 and 5.

All around Jurassic Park were groups of fans excited to see a return.

Gary Trent Jr. (33) shoots Tyrese Maxey (0) in Game 6 of the Toronto Raptors’ first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on April 28, 2022. (Alex Lupul / Radio-Canada)

“Raps in seven! I said it since we lost Game 2 that we would always win,” Thomas Brown said. He is “100%” confident, he added.

“We have home-court advantage right now, we just have to win this, go to Philadelphia and win the series,” Jaylin Hayle said. “Philly will choke in Game 7.”

Jurassic Park has become the city’s destination for hardcore Raptors fans. They’re hoping to see NBA heroes Toronto win Game 6 and force a Game 7 in Philadelphia after falling behind in their first-round playoff series 3-0. (Alex Lupul / Radio-Canada)

Sekou James is confident that Raptors forward Precious Achiuwa will issue a tough challenge to Sixers star Joel Embiid.

Ryan Hill, Amin Elsherif, Jaylin Hayle, Thomas Brown and Sekou James are confident the Raptors will take the series to Game 7 and advance to the next round of the NBA playoffs. (Radio Canada)

“Embiid can’t hold him back, he’s too quick,” said Sekou James.

Ryan Till says the Raptors have proven they can make comebacks.

“It’s another one we’re going to make history,” he said.

Tipping is at 7 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.

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