Butler scores 30 as 76ers beat Raptors 94-89 to even series
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 30, 2019 10:43 AM
FILE - BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 20: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during Game Four of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 30 points and 11 rebounds, James Ennis scored 13 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), evening their Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1.
Game 3 is Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in Philadelphia.
Down 19 in the first half, Toronto cut the deficit to one late in the third, then went cold to start the fourth, missing six of its first seven shots.
The Raptors kept coming, however. Kyle Lowry made three-pointers on both sides of a pair of foul shots by Butler cutting it to 90-87 with 1:36 to go. Toronto got the ball back, and Pascal Siakam scored on a layup to make it a one-point game, but Joel Embiid answered with a driving shot at the other end, restoring the three-point advantage with 24 seconds left.
After Lowry nearly turned the ball over, Danny Green missed a potential tying triple, and Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris came up with the rebound, his 11th. Harris was fouled and sealed it by making a pair with 3.9 seconds left.
Embiid scored 12 points in 32 minutes despite missing the morning shootaround because of flu-like symptoms.
Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, Siakam had 21 and Lowry 20. Toronto shot 10-for-37 from three-point range and 33-for-91 overall as its franchise-record five game postseason winning streak came to an end.
Toronto missed six of its first eight shots, matching the number of misses it had in the first quarter of Game 1, when the Raptors made 16-of-22. Toronto shot 7-for-24 in the first and missed its first seven from three-point range before Norm Powell connected.
Butler scored six points for Philadelphia, who led 26-17 after one. Toronto got 17 from both Leoonard and Siakam in the first quarter of Game 1, when they scored 39 points.
Ennis and Butler each scored seven points in the second and Philadelphia led 51-38 at the half. Four of Butler’s came on a five-point possession for the 76ers that saw Green called for a technical after fouling Butler on a made three-pointer, and JJ Redick making the technical foul shot.
Leonard scored seven more as Toronto used a 13-4 run out of the break to cut the gap to 55-51. Leonard had 11 points in the third and Siakam had seven. Toronto trailed 61-60 with 2:50 left in the quarter but Embiid made four free throws before the quarter ended and the 76ers took a 69-63 lead to the fourth.
Philadelphia shot 0-for-11 from three-point range in the third, but Jonah Bolden stopped the drought with a three to begin the fourth.
76ers: Embiid only attempted one shot in the first half, a missed three-pointer at 8:39 of the second. ... Greg Monroe left in the third because of a sore left ankle and did not return. ... Philadelphia had 13 turnovers in the first half, leading to 18 points for the Raptors. They finished with 20, leading to 24 points ... F Mike Scott (right heel) missed his second straight game. ... The 76ers outscored the Raptors 26-5 in bench points.
Raptors: Siakam missed eight of his first 10 shots and finished 9-for-25. ... Leonard shot 6-for-10 in the first half, while the rest of the Raptors shot 9-for-36.
Hockey player PK Subban and skier Lindsey Vonn sat together in courtside seats opposite the Toronto bench.
After two days off, the series resumes Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in Philadelphia.