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76ers look to contain Leonard in Game 5 vs. Raptors
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
- The Raptors won Game 4 in Philadelphia, beating the Sixers, 101-96, to knot the series at two games apiece. Toronto has gone 4-3 all-time in seven-game series that are tied 2-2, winning four of their last five. Philadelphia has gone 6-10 in such series, and have lost their last four, most recently to the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
- Philadelphia went 18-of-25 (.720) from the free-throw line in its Game 4 loss; the Sixers are shooting 83.6 percent from the line in their wins this postseason compared to 69.3 percent in their losses.
- Toronto's opponents are averaging 95.7 points this postseason -- the next-lowest mark among remaining teams is Boston's average of 102.0. The Raptors have held opponents under 100 points seven times in these playoffs, three more than any other team (Blazers & Celtics w/ four each).
- Joel Embiid scored 11 points in Game 4, his lowest total in his postseason career. Embiid attempted seven field goals, his second game with exactly seven field goal attempts this series. He has three career games in which he has played 10+ minutes and attempted seven or fewer field goals -- all three have come against Toronto (regular season + postseason).
- Kawhi Leonard has scored 152 points and added 36 rebounds and 16 assists through four games in this series. He is the first player with 150+ points, 30+ rebounds and 15+ assists through four games of a playoff series since Chicago's Michael Jordan in the 1993 NBA Finals versus Phoenix.
- Philadelphia has held opponents to a 39.1 field-goal percentage in its three road wins this postseason. In its one road loss, the Sixers let the Raptors shoot 51.9 percent from the field, tied for the second-highest FG% in a game in the second round this postseason (trailing Boston, 54.0% vs. Milwaukee in Game 1).
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The Philadelphia 76ers will try to overcome the dominance of Kawhi Leonard when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Leonard is the main reason that the Raptors are tied at two games each with the 76ers in the best-of-seven series.
He scored 39 points and gathered 14 rebounds Sunday in Philadelphia in a 101-96 victory over the 76ers in Game 4.
In the series, Leonard is averaging 38 points and nine rebounds a game and shooting 61.8 percent from the field -- including 46.4 percent from 3-point range.
"Funny enough, with our wings, I think we've done a decent job on him," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "Might we look to double team him a little bit more? Possibly. But we were able to create, I think, seven turnovers and just try to do our best to kind of show him a crowd. But at the end of the day, that's a hell of a playoff game. Thirty-nine points, and you really felt all of them."
The Sixers won Games 2 and 3 after being blown out in the opener. They dominated the Raptors 116-95 in Game 3 at Philadelphia, but for Game 4 Raptors coach Nick Nurse improvised, partially because Pascal Siakam -- hampered by a calf injury -- was held to nine points and three rebounds.
Nurse used Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka together for 25 minutes Sunday. The pair had been on the court together for a total of 31 minutes during the regular season since Gasol arrived in a February trade.
"We weren't in great rhythm, right?" Nurse said. "But we were good enough (Sunday) and we were fighting and figuring some things out on the fly. We were running some stuff we've never run before with Marc and Serge and trying to figure out how to best use the kind of stuff."
Gasol had 16 points and five rebounds Sunday, and Ibaka added 12 points and nine rebounds.
"It just felt like we were getting pushed around a lot by the glass the (previous) two games," Nurse said. "That would happen with our small lineup. They were just throwing it up there and revving their engines and flying to the rim. (Sunday) we just had more size that way, and it kind of looked like the rebounds were affected by that."
The teams had 43 rebounds each.
The 76ers hope Joel Embiid will be healthy on Tuesday. He was ill for Game 4 and was limited to 11 points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field, eight rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes. He had 33 points and 10 rebounds in an aggressive Game 3 performance.
Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 rebounds Sunday.
Embiid -- who missed three straight free throws late in the fourth quarter Sunday and then was called for traveling -- had a cold and a headache and said that he felt bad "everywhere."
"I didn't have a good night; didn't sleep," Embiid said. "Was throwing up. I needed an IV at 6 in the morning. I tried to play and tried to get the win. Obviously, it wasn't enough. ... It doesn't really matter. Once I step on the court, I have to do a better job, no matter what the situation is."
He said he needs to be more aggressive on Tuesday.
"If you're going to go 2-for-7, go 2-for-20," Butler said. "We're rocking with Joel. I'm with it. That's what we need out of him -- to always be aggressive. Go show why you're so dominant, night in and night out, at both ends of the floor."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 6, 2019