News ID: 252280
Published: 0155 GMT May 03, 2019

Embiid, 76ers rout Raptors to take 2-1 series lead

Embiid, 76ers rout Raptors to take 2-1 series lead
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (R) shoots against Toronto Raptors' Marc Gasol during Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Philadelphia, the US, on May 2, 2019.

Joel Embiid refused to get tripped up back home in the postseason, scoring 33 points and playing to the "MVP!" chants to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, The Associated Press reported.

Embiid also had 10 rebounds, shaking off a pair of passive games and became the driving force on offense the Sixers needed as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.

He made the game his own in the third quarter and helped the Sixers put away a Raptors team badly overmatched outside of Kawhi Leonard's one-man gang performance.

Embiid struck a chord when he buried a three in the third that stretched Philadelphia's lead to 12. That was start of a string of plays that got Toronto's attention. Embiid chased a loose ball and was tripped when Pascal Siakam intentionally stuck out his right leg and sent Philly's All-Star tumbling to the court. The crowd went wild and Siakam was hit with a flagrant foul. Embiid made both free throws as fans – including some of Philadelphia's biggest sports stars – serenaded him with chants of "MVP! MVP!"

Jimmy Butler, the Game 2 star, dunked off his own steal and the Sixers had quickly put the game out of reach. Butler had 22 points.

Embiid scored another layup and waved his arms and pointed with a smile as wide as the hoop. Embiid went 9-of-18 from the floor and made 12-of-13 free throws.

The Sixers just had to survive Leonard.

Leonard scored 33 points for the Raptors, and Siakam had 20.

The Sixers were grateful with a series split against the Raptors after suffering a losing streak in Toronto that dated to 2012. They returned home to a delirious crowd amped for one of the most crucial games of the Process era.




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