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    Kawhi scores 39 as Raptors score big win at Sixers to tie series

    May 5, 2019
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    PHILADELPHIA — Kawhi Leonard scored 39 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 left, to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-96, on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) and even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

    Marc Gasol scored 16, Kyle Lowry had 14 and the Raptors rebounded after consecutive losses to reclaim home-court advantage.

    Game Five is Tuesday night in Toronto.

    Jimmy Butler scored 29 and JJ Redick had 19 for Philadelphia. The 76ers are trying to reach the conference finals for the first time since Allen Iverson led them to the NBA Finals in 2001.

    SIGHTINGS

    Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and All-Star outfielder Shane Victorino of the 2008 World Series championship team rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game. ... Sixers Hall of Famer "Dr. J" Julius Erving sat in a suite. ... Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce and Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz sat courtside and Hall of Famer Terrell Owens received the loudest ovation in the "circle of stars."

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    Raptors: Only lost three straight games once during the regular season after a 12-1 start. ... Pascal Siakam played 28 minutes after being doubtful because of a right calf injury. He started 0 for 8 before making his first basket with 4:15 left in the third quarter. He finished 2 for 10. ... Leonard had 14 rebounds.

    76ers: Embiid only took four shots in the first 32 minutes. He missed three straight free throws at one point in the fourth quarter. ... Harris had 16 points but shot 7 for 23, including 2 for 13 from beyond the arc.

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    Game Five is on Tuesday in Toronto.

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