Dec. 20 (UPI) — Kawhi Leonard helped the Toronto Raptors rally from a 17-point deficit in opposition to the Indiana Pacers with a huge fourth quarter slam.
The dunk got here with about six minutes remaining within the Raptors’ 99-96 victory on Wednesday at Scotiabank Enviornment in Toronto. The Raptors trailed 90-83 when Pacers ahead Thaddeus Younger picked Leonard up defensively on the high of the Three-point line.
Leonard used a hesitation transfer to get by Younger’s left hip, flashing into the paint along with his dribble. He then got here up on the 6-foot-11 Domantas Sabonis, who was standing beneath the rim for the Pacers. However Leonard did not cease his momentum. He picked the ball up and pulled it again along with his left hand, earlier than stuffing in a dunk on high of the Pacers big-man.
Fred VanVleet made a Three-pointer to shut the hole to 2 factors with 5:23 remaining. The Raptors later took a 97-96 benefit on one other VanVleet Three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining and didn’t quit the lead.
Leonard scored a game-high 28 factors and had 10 rebounds, six assists and 4 steals for the Raptors. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 20 factors. Sabonis had 12 factors and 10 rebounds within the loss.
Leonard is averaging a career0high 26.four factors and eight.5 rebounds per sport in his first season in Toronto.
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The Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on Friday in Toronto.