Conference Finals matchup with Toronto Raptors set
14 May, 2019, 02:57 | Author: Kenneth Collins
Even before Game 7 of the Raptors-Sixers series unfolded the way it did, there were rumors head coach Brett Brown was on the hot seat if the Sixers didn't advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 29 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the loss.
After the Game 7 loss in Toronto, Butler said he hadn't yet thought much about his free agency.
The 76ers made 17 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Raptors.
After a tough back-and-forth series with Philadelphia, Leonard's shot to put away the resilient Sixers was a huge relief for beleaguered Toronto sports fans not used to things going their way.
Kawhi Leonard bounced, bounced, bounced, bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs.
He had played 45 minutes, more than he ever had in regulation, and outstretched every bit of his 7-foot-6 wingspan to contest Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beating shot, the first of its kind to win a Game 7 in National Basketball Association history.
Leonard scored 41 points on 16-of-39 shooting. The front office brought in Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris at early points in the season, making it hard to assimilate them on the fly as the team tried to win games. Fortunately, it had it in the form of CJ McCollum, who dropped 37 points to lead the team to a 100-96 win over the Nuggets and a berth in the Western Conference finals against the Warriors.
This marks the second straight season the Sixers were eliminated in the semifinals; past year they fell to the Celtics in five games.
From Lowry's assist to the charge on Embiid, the Raptors outscored the 76ers 17-7. "It was one of those moments where it's just like a real-life game victor, Game 7, like, count it down when you're back home, and everyone was celebrating like that".
TOP PERFORMERS: Leonard is averaging 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Raptors. He hit big shot after big shot, none bigger than the one that won them the game at the buzzer, which made up for a free throw he missed a few seconds earlier.
Both shots were taken by a Raptors superstar from just inside the three-point line in the corner.
The pressure is on the Raptors, who are the favorites at home. Pascal Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the game. "He's taller and longer than me, so I ended up finding a spot that I work on, and I just knew that I had to shoot it high". "Last shot. After a hard-fought game, I feel like we had a chance", Embiid said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
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