Through four games in this series, Simmons is averaging 10 points and 4.8 assists, down significantly on the 17.2 points and 7.6 assists he averaged in the first round series against the Brooklyn Nets. "It's on to the next game".
Now tied 2-2, things will shift back to Toronto for Game 5.
Only three other players in National Basketball Association history have posted averages of 30 points, five rebounds and three assists on an effective field goal percentage greater than 60 in a postseason that extended longer than one round: LeBron James (2016-17), Shaquille O'Neal (1997-98) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976-77).
Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka had been a frightful 4-for-22 combined in Game 3. The Sixers were down just two at halftime and were within one point until around the one-minute mark, when Leonard hit a step-back dagger from beyond the arc. Embiid appeared to be bothered by a left leg issue and finished the first two quarters with only six points and five rebounds.
Game 4 is crucial for the Raptors, going down 3-1 agains this Philly team will need them to pull out 3 consecutive wins to go through, which seems very unlikely given the roster might of the Sixers, so Kawhi and Nick Nurse will hope for an uptick from Siakam, Lowry, Ibaka and Danny Green who have all underwhelmed so far.
"It was one of those nights where we didn't try to make it look pretty".
With Joel Embiid reverting to the Game 1 and 2 Embiid of the series when Marc Gasol held him in check, the onus fell on Jimmy Butler and when he began to deliver the Wells Fargo Center crowd got behind him in a big way chanting his name repeatedly. Serge Ibaka hit a baseline jumper. There's a physicality that he plays with. Coming into this game, they had outscored the Raptors by 20.8 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor, and been outscored by 19.0 points per 100 possessions when he was on the bench. We talk a lot about trying to play to mirror the spirit of the city. Attack. We're not gonna win without you guys. "He's getting better with time and each game and picking apart the defense, taking what they're giving him".
Guardiola praises 'incredible' Liverpool for Barca performance
My focus is on Leicester City . "I saw three of their games and I was really impressed with the way they played". We have to concentrate on our own performance enough to get some good results in these remaining games.
Butler's 29 points and 11 boards each represented team highs.
The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs.
The play that will be immediately entered into the Toronto Raptors Hall of Fame came with less than two minutes left and the visiting team holding a one-point lead.
Simmons picked up a pair of steals on the defensive end Sunday, marking his third game this series with multiple swipes.
"They ended up switching", Leonard said on his big shot.
Siakam was in Sunday's starting lineup, scored his team's opening free throws, but struggled from there.
Finally, Tobias Harris hurt the Sixers badly with a 2-13 shooting night from three-point range.