NBA playoffs 2019: 76ers pull away from Raptors in Game 3

NBA playoffs 2019: 76ers pull away from Raptors in Game 3

"That was the adult in the gym".

Butler scored six points for Philadelphia, who led 26-17 after one.

The Sixers' defense was shaky in Game 1 and terrific in Game 2 as they held the Raptors to 36.7 percent shooting, including 27 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

The NBA released a statement following the decision, which read, "Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has been fined $20,000 and assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league office review for making contact to the groin of Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations". Butler's role is one Tobias Harris has also filled at times.

"They were down 8 at the quarter, they get Leonard a couple minutes' rest and it's 16".

Leonard has scored at least 30 points in five of Toronto's eight playoff games this season, including all three games against Philadelphia.

"We've got to help him". As well as the Sixers played in Game 3, the Raptors had multiple chances in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead into Thursday and couldn't.

Now, a major shake-up could still loom - on the roster and on the bench - if the Sixers can't solve the Raptors. Butler seems to be a good fit in Philly, both in post-season production and as a fiery leader.

That was also without the services of Scott for both Games 1 and 2 with him being out with a heel injury.

"Full credit all over the place to Joel", Brown said. "It is literally Jimmy". "That was big for us, big for our confidence and we've got to go back home and be able to protect our court". Both teams have nearly identical field goal percentage (47.3% to 47.1%) and Raptors have a better 3-point percentage (36.4% to 35.8%).

"We've been here before".

We've seen this Raptors meltdown before. "I don't think that way". We did it very well.

Everything looked great. There was no adjustments to be made, which left the Raptors vulnerable to the counterpunch. "Going home, we just need to do the same thing we did tonight".

Raptors' head coach Nick Nurse would prefer his players focus on the bigger task at hand.

With Lowry standing over him, Simmons appeared to intentionally raise his left elbow directly into the Raptors All-Star's nether regions.

Toronto and Philadelphia are tied 1-1.

Danny Green struggled in the first two games of the series as he knocked down just three of his 13 field-goal attempts and missed eight of his 10 three-pointers.

Now, Toronto may be without its leading rebounder and second-leading scorer in the playoffs for Sunday's Game 4. "I think our bench has been good".

The win gave the 76ers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"I can't pinpoint a time", Brown said after Thursday's win, as he discussed the effectiveness of his coaching tweaks, "but I can tell you winning sure allows us to keep it moving forward."
They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers in game 3 with a 95-116 score, not beating the odds.

PRESSURE IS ON: Butler, who said at Wednesday's practice, "we're not letting the media tear us apart".

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