Pushed by his intense desire to win, Jimmy Butler leads Sixers to Game 7


Jimmy Butler doesn’t care about his shot attempts or points. Doesn’t care if he plays 40 minutes or 20 minutes.

“Like I always say, I just want to win,” Butler said late Thursday night. “If we win, I’m good. If we don’t, I got a problem.”

No problems for Butler today, not after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-101 victory against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Butler’s effort helped force a decisive Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, TNT), and the winner will play the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals.

“We need him to be the same, especially up in Toronto,” said Sixers center Joel Embiid, who still isn’t 100% after battling illness in this series.

Butler set the tone before the game began.

“The mood in the locker room as we went through our version of a shootaround before, you could sense the serious side,” said Philadelphia coach Brett Brown. “They got the moment, and he got it as much as anybody. And led us. He was a tremendous leader, and his performance mirrored his attitude.”

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