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National Basketball Association playoffs wrap 2019: 76ers hold off Raptors

National Basketball Association playoffs wrap 2019: 76ers hold off Raptors

But, the Raptors worked their way back into the game and cut their deficit to just one on a Pascal Siakam layup with less than 50 seconds remaining.

Was it fatigue finally catching up to Siakam?

This same knee issue also caused Embiid to sit out Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round, and it now remains unclear if he has already shaken off this issue completely.

Whatever the reason, the rest of the game was a different story.

And truth is, the Raptors are counting on Siakam to actually be the real deal, because they're screwed if he's not. Kyle Lowry had 20 points. 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 before Lowry exhausted to do too much.

And at the height of Siakam's powers, he is now facing the only other current National Basketball Association player from Cameroon. The 76ers secured the rebound and that would be the last chance the Raptors had. Most notably, Ben Simmons drew Leonard.

On a positive note, Embiid does not appear to be dealing with major issues relating to his knee ailment at this point.

"Uh, no", Siakam said when this corner asked him about that. But I like most of the shots that I took, just a couple of them I felt like I rushed.

"I think adversity is always good", he said. Shots that I usually make. The number's been dropped to 220.5 for Game 2, but we'll stick with the UNDER at -110. "Maybe a little more force, jump higher maybe a little bit".

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"What we come up with for Game 3 I don't know yet". Kawhi Leonard had a dominant performance, as he scoring 45 points on 16 of 23 shooting while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

Game 4 goes in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.

"When he got here, he wasn't really a full-time starter". And then he's gone on a pretty heavy ascent on that.

The Raptors had turned the 76ers over 13 times for 18 points in the first half, and Philly superstar big man Embiid was held to just four points and a single field goal attempt.

"I thought our defence at the start of the game was nearly as good as it could be", Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "I thought Serge (Ibaka) came in and did a good job athletically, especially making it hard for Joel". "I got to jump higher". He's got that toughness, and he's got a fitness base that's elite.

Before Game 2, Lowry's scoring average (11.0) was his lowest since his first playoff appearance, but his assist and steal averages were the best of his career, as were his win shares per 48 minutes.

On a night where his body was not helping, he made all eight free throws, pulled down six rebounds, recorded five assists, one blocked shot and six turnovers in 32 minutes. Philadelphia may need adjust their defensive assignments in Game 2, or simply raise their focus and attention to detail, because they can't survive when Toronto's two best players are making things look so easy. The others are Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge ...

The Philadelphia 76ers came into Game 2 of their series with the Toronto Raptors with several problems, but none more imposing and urgent than Kawhi Leonard. Make it six under 100, but that winning streak is toast ... That's another stat that may be true but people find the weirdest ones. Everybody wants to paint a picture that we haven't won here in however many years. "I think we're capable of doing it", Butler said at shootaround on Monday morning.