Raptors even up series with 101-96 win over Sixers

Raptors even up series with 101-96 win over Sixers

Javier Howell
May 7, 2019

76ers head coach Brett Brown confirmed during his postgame press conference that Embiid was sick and could have missed Game 4. Joel Embiid is averaging 21.4 points and 10.8 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.9 points and 5.1 assists.

Only three other players in National Basketball Association history have posted averages of 30 points, five rebounds and three assists on an effective field goal percentage greater than 60 in a postseason that extended longer than one round: LeBron James (2016-17), Shaquille O'Neal (1997-98) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976-77).

Butler spent the second half having to deal with Leonard after Green took first half matchup duties on him. But they showed up in meaningful ways and helped Toronto get the win, which matters for their present and future. Like I said before, it's not about just me and him on the floor - I'm trying to beat the whole Sixers team. "The close games we're in, the games we won, we held them under 100 points, and that's what we've gotta do". In this series, Simmons has been tasked with the toughest assignment - guarding Kawhi Leonard.

Gasol was no less improved as he once again dug into Embiid, limiting him on one end while contributing 16 points at the other.

This time it came during one of the most pivotal games in the history of the Toronto Raptors franchise.

Toronto defeats Philadelphia 101-96, Kawhi Leonard game-high 39 points. As a result, the Raptors were able to even up the series at two games apiece.

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Lowry's increased intensity was noticeable when he blew past Ben Simmons and fed Ibaka for a first-quarter dunk.

In a final nailbiting 12 minutes, a Butler three-pointer had the Sixers up by three before the Raptors slugged back with a 6-0 run to go up by three with 4:55 to play. A Raptors fan stood in the arena's aisle and rocked an imaginary baby two days after a showboating Embiid did the same thing.

Pascal Siakam, who has been battling a contusion in his right calf, struggled for the majority of the game, missing his first seven shots and clearly lacking the usual pep in his step that has made him the dependable Energizer bunny he's been all season.

"Still have an wonderful opportunity to go for the Eastern Conference championship and then get to the [NBA] Finals, so we're looking forward to it", Simmons said. The series would return to Toronto for Game 7 if necessary.

The Sixers would need to win at least one game in Toronto to clinch the series. But that 15 percent three-point shooting set Philadelphia back in a big way, especially considering a lot of them were clean looks. The Sixers pulled to within a point several times in the second, and Butler hit a three with 0.4 seconds on the clock to make it a 47-45 lead at halftime.

The Raptors would have dug themselves a massive hole with a loss.