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Raptors rout 76ers, 125-89, to take 3-2 series lead

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Raptors’ two-center lineup successful against Sixers

If this type of balance continues in Game 7, Philadelphia could certainly be advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

"It's my calf, and it's my hamstring, so it's both combined", Siakam told reporters.

The Toronto Raptors dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets dominated Portland Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to take commanding leads in their National Basketball Association playoff series.

Other than Leonard, five Raptors scored double digits in Game 5.

Kyle Lowry was pleased the Raptors stepped up and enabled Kawhi Leonard to "rest a little bit" in their blowout victory against the 76ers in Game 5 on Tuesday in Toronto. A supporting cast that has been promising to help its transcendent superstar delivered in a multitude of ways. Marc Gasol and Danny Green retreated to the corner to draw defenders away. When the playoffs come and the game slows down, you want Joel Embiid in the post - not at the three-point line.

It was a team effort - the first half and the dunk. "We win together, we lose together, and we're going to play together again come whenever we play". "Leonard was just a cog in the machine", he writes, "instead of being the entire machine himself".

Drake didn't just join a bunch of Toronto Raptors fans in mocking Joel Embiid's airplane celebration after the Raps' Game 5 win on Tuesday night. However, like it has been said all season long this is not the Raptors team of the past.

Raptors: F OG Anunoby (appendectomy) joined his teammates on the bench for the first time since undergoing emergency surgery two days before the start of the playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard is likely to remain with the Raptors or join the Clippers this summer, according to a report.

This series has been wildly unpredictable - aside from Leonard being remarkable in every game.

The Raptors lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 in Philadelphia on Friday (10am AEST). It was somewhat comforting, as you might imagine.

By halftime, Philadelphia had more personal fouls (16) than made field goals (14), and the Sixers' two All-Stars, Embiid and Ben Simmons, struggled as much as anyone.

It's about being able to navigate through the highs and lows and still bring the "non-negotiables" to the table - defence, energy, leadership - said VanVleet, who was solid in defending J.J. Redick and Tobias Harris on Tuesday. Siakam led the Raptors with 15 points in the first half and finished with 25. One reason for the five turnovers could be the Raptors length.

Serge Ibaka scored 10 points for Toronto, despite needing stitches after taking an inadvertent elbow to the forehead from Leonard in the first quarter.

Leonard was still good in this game recording 21 points and 13 rebounds including some posterizing dunks on Embiid. Besides, quality trumped quantity. While Siakam did play in Game 4, he was clearly hampered.

Then there's Ben Simmons, who pulled a disappearing act in Game 5.

They looked overmatched and, worse, uninterested. "We know what we have to do and so we got to go do it at home".

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