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Embiid hits winning three to propel 76ers above Raptors

TORONTO (AP) – After pushing the Toronto Raptors to the brink of elimination, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid pledged to finish the job as quickly as possible.

Embiid made a three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give the 76ers a 104-101 victory yesterday and a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.

“I’m coming for the sweep, too,” Embiid told rapper Drake as he passed the Raptors’ celebrity fan on his way off the floor.

“I’ll be there,” Drake replied about Game 4, which is set for tomorrow afternoon in Toronto.

After 76ers coach Doc Rivers called timeout to save the possession as the shot clock was running down, Embiid took an inbounds pass from Danny Green and hit a turnaround shot from near the sideline before running back to his bench in celebration.

“Great play call,” Embiid said. “Tobias set an amazing screen, Danny threw a great pass. All I had to do was finish.

“It felt great but the job’s not done,” Embiid added. “We’ve got to get one more.”

Embiid’s shot came from near the spot where he missed a three at the end of regulation that could have won the game for the 76ers.

“For him, that’s a high-percentage shot, especially on that wing,” Harris said of Embiid’s decisive basket. “We got the ball to our best player, somebody who makes plays, makes shots.”

Toronto’s OG Anunoby couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer.

Embiid wouldn’t admit it, but all series he has seemed intent on avenging Philadelphia’s second-round defeat to Toronto in the 2019 playoffs, when Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot in Game 7.

“Me and Joel have talked about that,” Harris said. “We understand coming to this arena, what happened to us last time we were here.”

Embiid had 33 points and 13 rebounds, helping the 76ers rally from a 17-point deficit. James Harden had 19 points and 10 assists before fouling out in the closing seconds of regulation.