Jimmy Butler left Philadelphia for a reason not to offer him a maximum contract, he coinage, after he carried the Sixers almost single-handedly to victory over predators in Toronto.
Eastern Conference series is now tied at 1-1 after Butler struggled home-court advantage for the Sixers, he had made 30 points in a tight 94-89 victory.
Ben Simmons had a nightmare of a job, trying to stop the burning of Kauai Leonardo – and the Australian was dynamite on defensive purposes, even though Leonard comes up with a series of big games to finish with 35 points.
Simmons was sharply criticized for the fact that beat Leonard at both ends of the court in the series opener, but he answered back with a resolute defensive performance in Game 2.
long-range cross Butler put Sixers ahead 88-81, closing 11-2 run from predators, which whipped the home crowd into a frenzy down the stretch.
In a tense final minute Embiid knocked decisive bucket on the back of a spinning move in the paint stretched their lead Philly to 92-89 with 24.3 seconds left on the clock.
next possession predators was derailed after Kyle Lowry to tip the ball to a defender in front of a three-pointer by Danny Green – tie the game – blurted rim.
Harris then slit his two free throws after the capture of the rebound to give the Philadelphia five points, which shut out the Predators.
It was Leonard, who helped Toronto get back into the game after the hosts were trailed by 18 points in the second quarter.
Former San Antonio star was unstoppable at times, in spite of both Simmons and Butler have zoned in on defensive purposes, if they got a job, trying to stop the ugly birds of prey.
Although Leonard leading all scorers with 35 points, Butler said Simmons, "did a good job," the star forward labeling, saying it made things very difficult for him.
"Big players make hard boom," he said.
First half defensive lock Simmons was erased in the blink of an eye as seen Philadelphia 18 points to shrink back to a single point in the third quadrant.
After Leonardo blown off the court in Game 1, Simmons put the clamps on the Raptor explosive, visitors flirted with 20 points for most of the second quarter.
Leonard made his way back into the game to put 15 points in the first half, but it was ice cold with only four points in the first quarter.
Simmons' ability to stop Leonard from rushing into the paint attributed as the main cause of Toronto scored only 38 points in the first half as they trailed 51-38 at the main break.
The amazing first half, the Philly dominated the competition, despite the 13/05 making turns while Simmons, Joel Embiid and Harris were a combined 11 points.
Jimmy Butler and Sixers bench straightened for guests in the first half with James Ennis and Greg Monroe, the only players to reach double figures.
That has not changed in the second half and Butler continued to dominate Sixers offense.
His performance included 30 points 11 rebounds, shooting nine of 22 from the field.
Embiid also had 12 points, while JJ Redick (11 points), Monroe (10) and Ennis (13) were the only other players the Philly, to reach double figures.