Opinion: Pushed by his intense desire to win, Jimmy Butler leads Sixers to Game 7


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.

PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Butler doesn’t care about his shot attempts or points. Doesn’t care if he plays 40 minutes or 20 minutes.

“Like I always say, I just want to win,” Butler said late Thursday night. “If we win, I’m good. If we don’t, I got a problem.”

No problems for Butler today, not after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-101 victory against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Butler’s effort helped force a decisive Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, TNT), and the winner will play the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals.

“We need him to be the same, especially up in Toronto,” said Sixers center Joel Embiid, who still isn’t 100% after battling illness in this series.

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