Jimmy Butler finished with a team-high 25 points for the Philadelphia 76ers. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP
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Jimmy Butler scored 25 points, Ben Simmons added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the visiting Toronto Raptors 112-101 Thursday to save their season and even the Eastern Conference semifinals at three games apiece.Joel Embiid added 17 points and 12 rebounds, Tobias Harris contributed 16 points and nine rebounds, plus JJ Redick and Mike Scott had 11 points each for the third-seeded Sixers, who haven't advanced to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001, when they ousted the Bucks in seven games -- after also winning a seven-game series over Toronto.Kawhi Leonard led the second-seeded Raptors with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
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