Kawhi Leonard buzzer beater sends Raptors into NBA Eastern Conference finals

Kawhi Leonard buzzer beater sends Raptors into NBA Eastern Conference finals

Kawhi Leonard buzzer beater sends Raptors into NBA Eastern Conference finals

NBA Playoffs 2019: Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks series preview: Scott Rafferty of NBA Canada previewed the Bucks' matchup with the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals by looking at the season series between two teams, the big questions facing each team and much more.

He finished Game 5 with 17 points, helping the Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 125-89 blowout win. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 29 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the loss.

After Philadelphia's Jimmy Butler tied it with a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left, Toronto used their final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who dribbled toward the right corner and launched the high-arching shot.

The author of that dagger, Kawhi Leonard, has put together a stretch of postseason basketball that hasn't been seen for over 25 years.

We're one quarter into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers and it's safe to say we had some opening quarter jitters in this one. He scored 41 points on 16 of 39 shooting and redeemed himself after missing a free throw attempt in crunch time.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final is Wednesday night in Milwaukee. 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.

The 76ers' top scorer was Jimmy Butler, earning 16 points during his almost 43 minutes of playing time.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown didn't have much trouble sleeping the night before his team's biggest game of the season.

He forced his way open in the first half, making 9 of 15 shots in the first and he gave the Sixers the confidence they needed to know another game wasn't going to turn into a rout.

As for his colleagues, Embiid was battling illness, while Simmons is still overwhelmed by hesitancy with regards to picking his shots. Leonard had Toronto's only assist of the first.

TOP PERFORMERS: Leonard is averaging 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka proved huge off the bench, finishing with 17 points of his own.

"I think I could have pushed a little bit more, tried to get in the paint a little more", Lowry said.

"If you just follow our time in Philadelphia - we win 10 games, we've been through a handful of general managers, ping pong balls, different draft picks", Brown said.

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