76ers bounce back to handle Raptors and force decisive Game 7

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the 76ers’ win over the Raptors and looks ahead to Game 7, where Philadelphia will need Joel Embiid to be at his best.
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PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had some help from his friends.

With the ailing 76ers All-Star center still not 100%, Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris ensured their season would not end at home.

Butler had 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds, Simmons had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Harris had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Sixers defeated the Toronto Raptors 112-101 Thursday in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

It’s on to Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto (7 p.m. ET, TNT), and the series finale brings major ramifications and potential offseason changes for the loser. Both teams believe they are capable of reaching the NBA Finals.

Sixers coach Brett Brown decided to give his team the day off on Wednesday following the Game 5 loss the day before in Toronto. It was the Raptors’ second consecutive victory, and while the Sixers had issues to address, Brown trusted his instincts.

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