Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sixers tie up playoff series with Game 2 win over Raptors

Sixers tie up playoff series with Game 2 win over Raptors

The Toronto Raptors head coach made his jaw-on-the-floor shocked face during one of his team's playoff games. A win for the 76ers would put them in command of the best-of-seven set with another home game looming.

"Everybody wants to paint the picture that we haven't won here in however many years", Butler said. I would end up drawing up the same play we could run in flow. "We don't care how many games we've lost". He was just a tremendous sort of rock. "He was a stud". Nick Nurse, who himself had a bad game, needs to strongly consider shaking things up in future.

Look for Toronto to retake control of the series Thursday night.

Can the Sixers bounce back from a Game 1 loss the same way they did in the first round against the Nets?

Harris was fouled and sealed the win with two free throws.

"We've got to find an opportunity to be better", VanVleet said on Tuesday.

Embiid scored 12 points in 32 minutes despite missing the morning shootaround because of flu-like symptoms. It was a risky proposition by Brown, especially because Embiid was dealing with a stomach flu before the game and was actually hooked up to an IV a few hours between his arrival at Scotiabank Arena and opening tipoff.

Embiid acknowledged feeling rough, but refused to sit out. "And our rotations felt really good for five straight games". It's a matter of playing with that edge every night.

Leonard scored 20 of his 35 points in the second half, but got little help from his teammates and the Raptors fell 94-89 to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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The Raptors almost found a way to win a game in which they shot poorly, were badly out-rebounded and trailed by as much as 19 points. "They played really desperate and played super hard tonight and they got a victory". Philadelphia hasn't won in Toronto since 2012 and this series may very well come down to a game seven in Toronto if the Sixers can win all three contests in Philly.

Ennis III, acquired from the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline, finished with a playoff career-high of 13 points, to go with six rebounds and two assists. Avoid trying to shave 30 seconds off of a players eventual playtime by the end of the game.

Tobias Harris also had 11 boards but just nine points. After getting blown out in Game 1 and looking like they might be overmatched, the underdog 76ers stole home-court advantage and gave themselves a chance to take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3.

76ers: Embiid only attempted one shot in the first half, a missed 3-pointer at 8:39 of the second.

The changed paid dividends immediately as the Sixers locked down the Raptors in a 38-point first half.

The Raptors completely rebuilt Siakam's shooting form and mechanics, requiring him to shoot a certain number of shots from each spot before moving on in order to create new muscle memories.

The rest of the Raptors shot 29%.

Brown praised the maturity of Butler's performance in his post-game remarks. In between the two games, both Embiid and Simmons publicly said that they needed to get the ball out of Leonard's hands. "That was the adult in the gym", said Brown. When told of his coach's assessment, Butler quickly replied, "My name isn't James".

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