Philadelphia centre Joel Embiid has become the 76ers lightning rod

Numbers to know heading into Raptors Sixers Game 5

NBA: Raptors rout 76ers for 3-2 series lead

After being dominated 125-89 in a Game 5 loss to the Toronto Raptors and trailing the series 3-2, the Sixers came out of the gate strong on Thursday night and led throughout the duration of the contest as they cruised to a 112-101 win. The guard responded by scoring 31 points on 13 field-goal attempts and dropping nine assists in a Game 3 victory that led to Philadelphia dismissing Brooklyn in five games.

With Leonard not up to his usual standards - although he still had 21 points and 13 rebounds - it fell to the rest of the Raptors to finally play like the team it had been all season, and not the one he had largely dragged along through the first four games of this series.

Outside of his 33-point showing in Game 3, Embiid has scored a total of 52 points in the other four games.

Two of the key contributors for the Raptors were Danny Green and Marc Gasol whom which have had relatively quite series so far.

Pascal Siakam - who played with "RIP Dad" written on his shoes; his dad died in 2014 - had been an excellent second option to Leonard before suffering a calf contusion in Game 3. We felt like we could've won [Game 4]. "I don't know if "relief" is the right word, but it's nice to see other guys pick it up". Not, I did it. "Everyone on the team wants to win, and when we have that mindset, we're a pretty risky team", Nuggets guard Will Barton said.

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"I think what they should be trying to do is beg Jimmy Butler to stay", Rose said.

Siakam's output was surprising considering the severity of his injury. After being upset in Game 1, the club rebounded to win four straight and close the series out.

Consequently, that means the reigning Rookie of the Year will be relegated once again to doing the dirty work while the Sixers work to stave off elimination in Game 6.

"They're being good together", Lowry said. "I know I got to do a better job for us to win".

Australia's Simmons started the game with two turnovers and it did not get much better for the All-Star and reigning National Basketball Association rookie of the year. Embiid has been bothered by a sore left knee and an upper respiratory infection. "So that's on me.I just got do more", said Embiid. Everybody around this locker room knows that.

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Philadelphia coach Brett Brown made a point Tuesday to credit the Raptors for their fine play - and to stand up for his US$25-million centre who has missed practices and film sessions because of his illness.

Toronto's role players might be as just likely to have a Game 6 dud as Embiid.

The Raptors didn't just win this game with their offensive game, they were locking things down defensively and forced the Sixers to beat them with tough shots.

He's the fifth player in history to score 150 points with 30 rebounds and 15 assists in the first four games of a series, joining Michael Jordan, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. His 68 points over Games 2 and 3 weren't enough, and the Raptors needed every bit of his 39 to win Game 4 in Philadelphia on Sunday and essentially keep their season alive.

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