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Philadelphia 76ers close out Raptors to book second-round tie with Miami Heat

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Philadelphia 76ers close out Raptors to book second-round tie with Miami Heat

Joel Embiid had 33 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 22 points and 15 assists and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 132-97 in Game 6 to end the first-round series Thursday night.

Philadelphia will face Miami in the second round. Atlanta was defeated by the Heat in five games.

Tyrese Maxey scored 25 points, going 5 for 12 from three-point range, and Tobias Harris had 19 points and 11 rebounds, to help the 76ers finish off the Raptors with a blowout after losing the past two games.

Danny Green scored 12 points and shot 4 for 7 from three-point range as the Sixers finished 16 for 40 from beyond the arc. The Raptors struggled from beyond the arc, going 7 for 35.

Chris Boucher had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 24 points, Gary Trent Jr had 19 and Scottie Barnes 18. Toronto lost in the first round for the first time since being swept by Washington in 2015.

Toronto was without Fred VanVleet, all-star defense. Due to a strain in his left hip flexor, he missed the second consecutive game.

Toronto’s Precious Achiuwa had 17 points in Game 5 but didn’t score Thursday until making a free throw in the fourth quarter. Achiuwa attempted a dunk in the final quarter, but it was ruled out because the ball came too close to the buzzer. He scored 3 points and shot 1 for 7.

Toronto trailed 70-67 after Siakam made a hook shot with 9: 42 left in the third, but Maxey hit three three-pointers as the 76ers broke the game open with a 17-0 run over the next four-plus minutes, opening an 87-67 lead with 5: 20 left in the quarter.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse called timeout after Harden connected from distance with 3: 52 left in the third, putting the Sixers up 92-70. Philadelphia took a 99-78 lead to the fourth.

Phoenix Suns 115-109 New Orleans Pelicans

Chris Paul went 14 for 14 in the best shooting night in NBA playoff history, Devin Booker returned from a hamstring injury to hit a late three-pointer and the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-109 on Thursday night to finish off the first-round series in six games.

Paul had the most field goals without a miss in a playoff game, hit all four of his free throws and had eight assists as the top-seeded Suns overcame a 10-point halftime deficit.

Phoenix will play the winner of the Dallas-Utah round.

Paul helped put the Suns up for good, at 102-101, on an assist on Deandre Ayton’s dunk with 2: 12 left. Ayton had 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting.

The Suns erased the 10-point halftime deficit by making 13 of their first 14 shots in the third quarter to take a 77-74 lead. At that point, Paul was 10 of 10 from the field and Ayton was 6 of 6. Paul had 13 points in the quarter, but New Orleans used an 11-5 run to take an 85-82 lead into the final period.

Booker played for the first time in nine days since injuring his right hamstring after scoring 31 points in the first half of Game 2. He scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and had five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 21 points.

The game got chippy in the second quarter – there were 16 fouls called – and the Pelicans seemed to revel in the physical play, outsourcing the Suns 30-20 to take a 58-48 halftime lead.

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