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76ers aim to take 3-1 lead over Raptors
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers
- The 76ers have won three straight home playoff games by 20+ points, tied for the longest streak in NBA playoff history with the Celtics (1959), Celtics again (1961), Lakers (2000) and Spurs (2016).
- Philadelphia has now won 38 straight games when holding its opponent under 100 points (regular season and postseason), the longest streak in franchise history and the longest by any team since the Warriors won 46 in a row from 2014 to 2015.
- In 15 career playoff games, Joel Embiid has 331 points, 179 rebounds and 31 blocks. He's the first player to have at least 300 points, 175 rebounds and 30 blocks over his first 15 career playoff games since San Antonio's David Robinson from 1990-93.
- The Raptors continue to struggle in the fourth quarter, being outscored 27-14 in the final period in Game 3. This postseason, Toronto is averaging just 20.6 points on 34.9 percent field-goal shooting and 19.1 percent three-point shooting in the fourth quarter of games (all numbers are last among this year's playoff teams).
- Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam are the third duo in the last 10 years to both score 15+ points in each of their team's first eight games of a single postseason, along with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in 2014 and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and LeBron James in 2016.
- Kawhi Leonard is the first player to score 110+ points on 60.0+ percent field-goal shooting over the first three games of a playoff series since the Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal in the 2000 NBA Finals.
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The Philadelphia 76ers will attempt to take a commanding 3-1 lead when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday.
Conversely, the Raptors will be looking to even the series but could be without forward Pascal Siakam due to a right calf contusion. Siakam is listed as doubtful.
The 76ers went ahead in the playoff series following a 116-95 win in Game 3 on Thursday.
All-Star center Joel Embiid, who has been hampered by a sore left knee throughout the postseason, had a playoff career-high 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in only 28 minutes.
Embiid became the first player since Boston Celtics forward Kevin McHale to post at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in less than 30 minutes in a playoff game. McHale accomplished the feat on April 28, 1990.
Embiid's defensive prowess is what stood out most to head coach Brett Brown.
"He is our crown jewel defensively, and I suppose offensively, too," Brown said. "But certainly defensively. And his rim protection and blocking shot ability tonight stood out as much to me as anything in an incredible performance."
Guard Jimmy Butler played arguably his best game with the Sixers since being acquired earlier this season. Butler scored 22 points and added nine rebounds and nine assists while playing suffocating defense.
"I just do what my teammates and what my coaches need for me to do," Butler said. "I try to find the line to keep everybody happy, to tell you the truth. I think if everybody's happy, everything runs smoothly."
The Sixers shot 51.2 percent from the field in Game 3. Dating back to Game 1 of the 1991 Eastern Conference opening round against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Sixers have won 18 straight playoff games when shooting at least 50 percent.
Not having Siakam would be a blow for Toronto. The 25-year-old averaged 23.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 36.3 minutes through the first three games.
The Raptors were led by Kawhi Leonard, who scored 33 points in Game 3. Leonard has scored at least 30 points in five games in the playoffs, which is tied for the league lead with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.
But the Raptors managed only 14 points in the fourth quarter and now find themselves trailing in a series in which they won the opening game handily.
When asked what offensive changes must be made for Game 4, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse didn't mince words.
"I think the first adjustment, we're going to have to make it, I guess we're going to have to play all of them a lot harder," Nurse said. "We're going to have to play a hell of a lot more physical. I mean if we don't do that, the prettiest things we decided to do offensively aren't going to matter much."
Toronto allowed the Sixers to penetrate into the paint almost at will in the fourth quarter, a trend that must be reversed if it's going to even the series.
"I think it starts with defense," Leonard said. "They had two 30-point quarters in the first half. We're not going to win like that. They scored 116 points. They got some easy looks at the basket, we didn't do well in transition early on, (they) shot 50 percent from the field, 40 (percent) from three. We've got to play better defense."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 4, 2019