Toronto – Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said his team leveled his second round series 1-1 on Monday with a 94-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors thanks to one of his players slip into the alter-ego.
Jimmy Butler 30 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and blocked shots, was James.
"It was James Butler," Brown said. "It was an adult at the gym. … It was just a great view of the rock. He has bequeathed to us a lot of different situations. … He was a stallion. It really was an adult at the gym. "
Butler pressed against the official nickname – "My name is James, just Jimmy," he said – and wanted to focus on defensive efforts Sixers than any of his offensive contributions, for example, he scored 12 points while playing all 12 minutes the fourth quarter to close things.
"It was a team effort," he said Sixers keeps Raptors to just 89 points on 36.3 percent shooting – the first time Toronto finished with less than 90 points, compared with a loss on December 28 in Orlando. "I always go back to defense. I get stops, and we take off in the open floor. Guys make plays like Joe [Embiid] and Ben [Simmons]… Every time we play like protection that we are a good team. "
Embiid and Simmons, Sixers two All-Stars, were tasked with suppressing Kauai Leonardo and Pascal Siakam, Toronto Game 1 heroes.
Away from Leonardo car & # 39; EASURES playoff high 45 points on Saturday, Simmons did the same job Finals MVP 35 he scored in Game 2.
"They were Ben guarding me today," Leonard said after he was held at only four points in the first quarter, as Philadelphia ran a nine-point lead (26-17), in contrast to the Sixers scored 17 in the opening frame game 1. "They did a good job, to be honest, we must give them their due."
And Embiid was picked up often Siakam, who finished with 21 points on 9-for-25 shooting after putting up 29 points on 12-to-15 shooting in the series opener.
"Obviously, it was difficult for us to handle just by looking at the numbers," said Toronto coach Nick Nurse. "I think Pascal was a low percentage shooting today, many of those who tried to take over Embiid on the rim."
It was an appropriate ending for a hard day Embiid. He missed shootaround from the battle with gastroenteritis, staying back at the team medical staff. Brown then said, Embiid received dropper to tipoff.
"If you ale —- before … if you do it before, you know how it feels," said Embiid. "These are my children, and want to show every night. Tonight, I felt that it was a big game for us. … I knew that I was playing, there was no way I missed a game. This game was very important to us. It does not matter that I was, I was going to play. it does not matter. "
Embiid finished with poor quality line 12 points on the 2-to-7 shooting, 6 boards 5 and transmission 6 revolutions, but one of its buckets come from 24.3 seconds to the end of detachment increased Sixers & # 39; from 1 to 3.
Like Brown, he reserved his praise for the performance of Butler on his own.
"I told him that he had to carry us, and he did it, and it was amazing," said Butler Embiid ESPN.
No matter what they call it – James or Jimmy – wing Philadelphia player was talking about the post-match media session on a night when he became the third Sixer over the past 35 seasons, the top 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a playoff game, according to ESPN Stats and information studies, joining Embiid (who did it twice) Charles Barkley (five times).
"It was a big night for him just kind of put his head down and be the guy," said Jay Redick.
Much like the Sixers looked much better than they did in their 108-95 loss in Game 1, Butler played in individually with his poor 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting on Saturday, too.
"I think, first of all, look, Jimmy Butler gamer," the nurse said. "Late-gamer and a great time. Look, he's not going to be quiet the whole series, right? This guy can play. We know that. "