After losing Game 1 in Toronto, the Philadelphia 76ers have stormed ahead to win two consecutive games in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and take a 2-1 series lead over the Toronto Raptors.
Philadelphia returned home and blew out the Raptors by a 116-95 final score at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.
The Sixers were fueled by a rowdy and raucous crowd that created a hostile environment for Toronto.
Center Joel Embiid had a monster performance for Philadelphia, scoring 33 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on the night. The Raptors’ Marc Gasol just couldn’t contain him inside of the paint, and Sixers fans showered Embiid with “MVP!” chants all night long.
All of Philadelphia’s starting 5 finished with double-digit points on the night. As per usual, Jimmy Butler was the number two option behind Embiid, chipping in 22 points of his own along with 9 boards and 9 assists.
Kawhii Leonard had another excellent game for the Raptors, also scoring 33, but it simply wasn’t enough to overcome an excellent team performance by the 76ers.
The series will continue with Game 4 on Saturday night in Philly.