Sixers dominate Raptors to take 2-1 series lead

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The 76ers are 31-10 on their home court.

'When I have fun, my game just changes, ' Embiid said. I'm not gonna dwell on something that wasn't called. He played Thursday after spraining his left ankle in Game 2 and again gave the Sixers solid minutes - although he did catch some flack from Butler in the locker room about missing a wide-open layup in garbage time. While Toronto hung around and brought it close at times - driven by Leonard's quiet 33 points - Philadelphia never left the driver's seat.

Embiid struck a chord when he buried a 3 in the third that stretched Philadelphia's lead to 12.

Toronto has played at a deliberate tempo this postseason.

Siakam fell after driving to the rim and stuck his right leg out as Embiid went for the rebound.

The 27-year-old drew chants of "M-V-P!" both after a handsome spin move around Jimmy Butler early in the night and when he surpassed his previous best playoff points - set in 2017 versus Memphis - with a pair of free throws down the stretch.

Jimmy Butler almost had a triple-double, putting up 22 points, 9 boards and 9 dimes.

Butler scored six points for Philadelphia, who led 26-17 after one.

Hall of Famer Allen Iverson and rapper Meek Mill engaged in a lengthy embrace from the courtside seats and the Sixers are two wins away from their Eastern Conference final appearance since 2001. The Sixers have effectively defended Leonard and it hasn't mattered. The Sixers won by 21 points after a magnificent fourth-quarter display. He shoved a right elbow into James Ennis III and spun around him for a two-handed jam. Leonard made all six baskets and scored 14 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to eight points.

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Pascal Siakam was terrific in the series opener when he scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds on 12-15 shooting.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were the last Canadian team to be eliminated in the first round of this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, signifying they'll be no parade north of the border, again!

"We're doing a good job of attacking some mismatches and some matchups that we like, but probably just have to do a better job of working on stuff and still continuing to keep playing and find some good shots", VanVleet said after practice on Tuesday.

"It's nothing. He said he didn't mean to do it", Lowry said, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. And we didn't play well tonight.

The Sixers were grateful with a series split against the Raptors after suffering a losing streak in Toronto that dated to 2012.

In recent seasons, there was always one player who seemed to destroy them repeatedly, his name, LeBron James.

Embiid wore a black Process hoodie to the postgame press conference. "We don't want to get into situations where one guy has the ball and tries to create".

The Raptors are headed to town stout in their belief that they can rebound from their 10 of 37 shooting performance from 3-point range and steal a pair in Philly.

Prior to Game 3, Embiid had been even worse in these playoffs. With game four on Sunday and the risk of returning home down 3-1 in the series very real, it's time for Nurse to earn his reputation for creativity and bring some answers, and put the pressure on Brett Brown and the Sixers to have some answers of their own. In the end, Toronto got lucky when Harris was fouled with 3.9 seconds remaining.

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