Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from Game 4 loss vs. Raptors

Leonard scores 39 Raptors beat 76ers 101-96 to tie series

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 takeaways from Game 4 loss vs. Raptors

Toronto has struggled offensively in this series, averaging 98.2 points per game. "It even becomes a bit more gutty when, (though) you're not down a guy, but he (Siakam) obviously wasn't himself".

In Portland, guard Jamal Murray scored a game-high 34 points, including six clutch free throws down the stretch, to lift the Denver Nuggets to a 116-112 win over the Trail Blazers that tied the Western Conference semi-final series at 2-2.

Game 5 is set for Tuesday night at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, with Game 6 Thursday in Philadelphia, and a potential Game 7 next Sunday in Toronto.

After dropping Game 1 against the Raptors, Philly came back and found a way to win Game 2, but despite stealing a game on Toronto's home court, many viewed it as a fluke. So at the time I just looked up at the shot clock and tried to get as much space as possible and just took a shot and believed that it was going to go in. Here are the biggest takeaways from the Sixers' disappointing loss in Game 4.

Jimmy Butler scored 29 and JJ Redick had 19 for Philadelphia, which is trying to reach the conference finals for the first time since Allen Iverson led it to the National Basketball Association finals in 2001.

After tons of scrutiny by pundits and fans across social media, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka all had bounce back games on both sides of the court.

Jimmy Butler said Ben Simmons has to be more aggressive if the 76ers are to advance past the Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. He was once again a rebounding force, a shot-blocker, a mid-range shooter who could drag big men defenders far from their comfort level near the basket.

The Raptors have a chance to regain the series lead on Tuesday night.

Leonard's 39 points came on 13-20 shooting, 5-7 from the 3-point line. Toronto - the NBA's top three-point-shooting team in the second half of the season - made a concerning 10-of-31 from beyond the arc, many of them uncontested.

Sixers coach Brett Brown labelled his shot, which was converted over All-Star centre Joel Embiid with 61 seconds remaining and the visitors clinging to a 91-90 lead, as "backbreaking". "It was a stepping stone, we got to build off it though, we can't be satisfied with it, we've really got to build off of it, watch the film tomorrow, get our rest and prepare for Game 5".

After getting outrebounded by 10 boards during their most recent loss, they bounced back by matching the 76ers in rebounds on Sunday.

Closing time: The fourth quarter was a nail biter. You have to be ready to attack it at any point in time.

"We got humbled", Butler said.

"We didn't try to make it look pretty", Ibaka explained to HopopsHype after the game.

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