They are now one win away from facing the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jimmy and Ben carry the load
Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons set the tone of the game early with their aggressiveness.
Simmons made a noticeable effort to attack the Raptors defense early on.
In the opening quarter, he drove deep into the paint and found open teammates for open three-point attempts. He finished the quarter with five assists, and the Sixers lead 29-21 after the first.
Without the ball in the half-court offense, he earned several offensive rebounds to set up second chances.
“We know how we’re supposed to play,” Simmons said postgame via Tom Moore. “It’s a matter of doing it.”
Along with being aggressive, Simmons played a smart game. As the primary ball-handler, he committed zero turnovers.
Meanwhile, Butler made sure everyone understood the Sixers would not be leaving the playoffs on their home court.
Like Simmons, Butler attacked the paint all game long and took the role of getting the crowd involved.
Butler made all seven of his free throw attempts while playing great defense.
“He just stamped his authority, his skill package, all over the game,” head coach Brett Brown said postgame. “He was a tremendous leader.”
Butler and Simmons finished the game as the team’s two highest scorers.
Butler finished with 25 points and eight assists, while Simmons scored 21 points on 13 shots.
Jojo looking good
Joel Embiid wasn’t at his best in Game 6, but he was good enough.
He had several blocks on Kawhi Leonard in the second half and looked better on defense over the entire game.
“When he goes out, look what happens. Tonight, you saw a healthier Joel Embiid,” Brett Brown said of Embiid’s Game 6 performance.
The final numbers aren’t specular, 17 points and 12 rebounds, but was more aggressive attacking Marc Gasol and Ibaka.
On the other hand, Embiid struggled to identify double-teams and needs to get the ball out of his hand sooner. He finished the game with five turnovers.
Hopefully, this game improved his conditioning because they will need him to play well on Sunday.
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