76ers, Raptors meet with series tied 1-1

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Embiid had a couple down games by his standards to start the series, but in Game 3 he was decisive.

The Philadelphia 76ers carried the momentum from their Game 2 win against the Toronto Raptors back to Philadelphia, where they put on an absolute clinic on both ends of the court to take Game 3 on Thursday, 116-95.

It's not that Brown made coaching mistakes in Game 1. He's pushing it up the floor, he's punching the gaps with force, he's determined to get to spaces. And after the game they owned it. The Sixers held the Raptors to just 17 first-quarter points in their Game 2 victory.

Embiid struck a chord when he buried a three in the third that stretched Philadelphia's lead to 12. "They played really desperate and played super hard tonight and they got a victory".

Siakam clearly must have been frustrated because he stuck his leg out, tripping Embiid after the play. Early shots weren't falling and instead of slowing the game down and trying to create offence at the free throw line, the Raps kept trying to shoot jumpers to get out of the slump.

As Jimmy Butler left the locker room late Thursday night wearing a pair of cutoff jeans, Air Jordans and a black tank top, Embiid quipped, "Who let you out of the house like that?"

The 27-year-old drew chants of "M-V-P!" both after a lovely 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.

Embiid scored another layup and waved his arms and pointed with a smile as wide as the hoop. When Embiid is playing like this, on both ends, there are two certainties: The Raptors are in trouble, and Mark Jackson is right.

It was moments like this why the 76ers endured the painful Process - the years of tanking seasons for high draft picks, like in 2014 when they drafted Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick. Defensively, it can probably get more from just about everyone in the lineup after giving up 64 points in the first half on the way to a second consecutive lopsided loss.

The Sixers stole back the momentum quickly inside the fourth - with Leonard on the bench. Besides Leonard, Siakam and Green, the Raptors were a combined 10-for-36 from the floor - including 2-for-14 from 3-point range.

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Leonard scored seven more as Toronto used a 13-4 run out of the break to cut the gap to 55-51.

Leonard: He shot 6 for 10 in the first quarter.

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"My name isn't James", Butler said when told of Brown's comments. Pascal Siakam added 21 and Kyle Lowry scored 20.

Clearly more adjustments are going to be necessary heading into Game 4, but to suggest the offence will be the only thing that gets looked at by Nurse and his staff would be far from the truth. But after that? You could argue that four of Philly's five starters are better than Toronto's second-best player, Pascal Siakam, and that is showing more than ever.

The Sixers split the two games in Toronto after a losing streak in the Canadian city that dated to 2012.

Embiid wore a black Process hoodie to the postgame press conference.

"They came out more aggressive than us", Lowry said.

The Sixers will get another home game Sunday.

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