Toronto, Philadelphia set for game 7 matchup

Toronto, Philadelphia set for game 7 matchup

Kawhi Leonard is swamped by his team mates after downing the victor.

"It was great", Leonard said.

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The final horn sounded as the ball reached its apex before caroming off the rim several times.

While he may only have one National Basketball Association championship ring and one Finals MVP award (both in 2012) - a far cry from Jordan's six in both categories - at the age of 27 and eight wins from another Larry O'Brien Trophy, it's hard to just laugh off those Leonard-Jordan comparisons. "I couldn't really pass the ball, grip the ball", said Lowry. "Nobody likes to lose, not that way".

Fred VanVleet entered the game midway through the first after Lowry picked up his second foul, and the Raps pulled away a little on the scoreboard. "That's his uniqueness. Not only can he get you 30 and anywhere upwards from that, but there's moments when he can just decide you're not scoring, either".

The shot which Leonard made at the buzzer on Sunday hit virtually every part of the rim and rivaled Damian Lillard's clutch 37-foot game-winner for the best moment of the playoffs. Obviously I've got a lot of love for him. "Then I just knew I had to shoot it high". Toronto's Kawhi Leonard is 1-2 in his previous Game 7s, shooting 45 percent and averaging 15.7 points.

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Embiid had a burst of energy late in the third when he blocked a driving Leonard, and Simmons capitalized with a basket for an 18-point cushion.

Adding those two to the core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons hasn't been an easy task, and their struggles have definitely been showcased throughout the year.

Leonard was dominating, thundering for dunks and jumpers, drawing fouls, nabbing rebounds and generating steals, while still just shooting 6-of-16 through the first half.

After so much back and forth throughout, Philly managed to tie the game up on a fast break layup by Jimmy Butler with 4.2 seconds remaining. So probably the last time you've seen me scream was when we won (the championship with the Spurs). "That's all that matters".

From Lowry's assist to the charge on Embiid, the Raptors outscored the 76ers 17-7. Philadelphia finished 9 for 27 from 3-point range. Yes, Drake actually wore Philadelphia 76ers gear last night (May 12) in an attempt to make sure they fell to the Toronto Raptors - and it worked.

For the second-straight year, the Philadelphia 76ers saw their season end in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Blowouts are rare, with only 14 Game 7s getting decided by more than 20 points. Marc Gasol added seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. In a series that has gone back-and-forth, Game 7 offers the chance to witness superstars battle with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on the line. Denver is aiming to become the fifth team in the current playoff format to win Game 7s in each of the first two playoff rounds joining Toronto in 2016, Boston in 2008, Phoenix in 2006 and Dallas in 2003.

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