Kawhi Leonard knocked down a clutch 3-pointer inside the closing minute to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-96 on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference semifinal sequence.
Leonard had 39 components, along with a important step-back 3-pointer with 1:01 left to put the Raptors up 94-90, with 14 rebounds and 5 assists in 43 minutes. The star forward’s clutch shot earned him a comparability to former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant from 76ers head coach Brett Brown.
“I think he’s punishing, for sure,” Brown suggested reporters. “When it was a one-point game with a little more than a minute, with maybe two seconds on the [shot] clock, he hits that back-breaker three. The stuff that he can get off — and we had two people out there — and the stuff that he can do to create his own shot is Kobe-like. He’s just so gifted in relation to doing that.”
Raptors center Marc Gasol had 16 components, 5 rebounds and three assists. Kyle Lowry notched 14 components, seven assists and 6 boards as Toronto rebounded from two consecutive losses to reclaim home-court profit.
Raptors guard Danny Green had 11 components and Serge Ibaka added 12 components in 32 minutes off the bench.
76ers star Jimmy Butler recorded 29 components, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Sharpshooter JJ Redick had 19 components on 4-of-7 capturing from 3-point differ. Tobias Harris had 16 components and Ben Simmons added 10.
Philadelphia giant man Joel Embiid, who scored 33 components inside the 76ers’ 21-point win in Game 3, struggled Sunday. He had 11 components on 2-of-7 capturing with eight rebounds and 7 assists.
Game 5 is Tuesday night time time in Toronto. The sequence is tied 2-2.