Raptors blow out 76ers in Game 5 to take series lead

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 125-89 Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 13 rebounds while Pascal Siakam scored 25 points for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and Danny Green shot 5 for 7 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points. Marc Gasol scored 11 points and Serge Ibaka added 10.

Toronto can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in four seasons with a victory in Game 6 at Philadelphia on Thursday. The Raptors lost in six games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East finals in 2016.

The Raptors dominated in the second quarter, outscoring their opponents 37-17 and leading 64-43 at the halftime. With the comfortable cushion, the Raptors had total control in the second half, with Leonard resting on bench with seven minutes to play in the last quarter.

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Joel Embiid scored 13 points for the 76ers. Guard Ben Simmons shot 3 for 5 and finished with just seven points. 

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