Kawhi Leonard hits bouncer at buzzer, Raptors beat 76ers in Game 7

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 5-12-2019

Job of 76ers' Brown likely on line in Game 7 vs. Raptors

It's the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors with the victor advancing to play the Milwaukee Bucks.

Most recently in April, fans once again blamed the Toronto native for sporting a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey to Game 4 of his hometown's first-round against the Boston Bruins, which ended in the Leafs losing 6-4.

Despite all five starters scoring in double-figures, nobody on Philadelphia particularly stood out in this must-win contest.

Butler made one of two at the line and Leonard missed a pair of jump shots, giving the 76ers the ball down 89-86 with 24.1 seconds remaining.


Gasol has been a matchup problem for the 25-year-old superstar throughout his short career thus far, limiting Embiid to just 39 points on 12-of-37 shooting along with 16 turnovers and 17 fouls in 121 regular-season minutes.

Three of Philadelphia's starters - Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick -may not return next season.

Sure, they lost this game at the buzzer, but Philly had plenty of opportunities to swing Game 7 in their favour. J.J. Redick put in 16 points, while Ben Simmons added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. And at a news conference before the playoffs, Harris refused to say whether Brown would return and offered only a lukewarm endorsement of the coach's performance.

The greatest moment in Raptors history - if not Canadian basketball history - Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beater capped off an incredible 41-point game, and an even more impressive series.


Portland's star Damian Lillard had an terrible shooting night, making just three of 17 shots for 13 points, although two of them were crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter. 18 years later, 76ers fans mourn a nearly-identical moment that they celebrated in the past.

The Raptors now are 10 in the league during the postseason by averaging 104.6 points per game.

Perhaps one of the only bright spots on offence for the Raptors (other than Kawhi, of course) was the production of Serge Ibaka, who came off the bench to score 17 points in 29 minutes, outproducing the 76ers reserves 17-8 by himself. When Gasol scored on a floater at 9:28 in the third quarter, Toronto took its biggest lead of the game - nine points.

The Raptors opened as 6.5-point favorites in Game 7.


"I think I could have pushed a little bit more, tried to get in the paint a little more", Lowry said. "Last shot. After a hard-fought game, I feel like we had a chance".

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