The 76ers won 94-89 in Toronto on Monday, led by 30 points from Jimmy Butler, to even a best-of-seven array 1-1.
The subsequent dual games are in Philadelphia.
The 76ers were successful in hampering Toronto’s All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who dominated diversion one with 45 points.
Leonard had 35 points in diversion two, with Simmons given a defensive pursuit on a brazen during a start of a diversion and in a final moving mins when a Raptors done their late charge.
The 76ers led 83-73 with 10 mins to go, though with Simmons all over Leonard Toronto indicate ensure Kyle Lowry found his sharpened hold and with 24 seconds to go cut a lead to only one indicate with a three-pointer.
Lowry finished with 20 points for a night.
Simmons, focusing on defence, had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for a diversion while Joel Embiid scored 12 points in 32 mins notwithstanding blank a morning shootaround since of flu-like symptoms.
Game 3 is on Thursday.