Raptors' Kyle Lowry says thumb popped out during Game 7 victory


Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) watches as the ball bounces around the rim before dropping through to send his team into the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the expense of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Raptors couldn't buy a shot during that stretch.

Among the questions that hinge on these playoffs is the future of Leonard.

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.

Stunning images capture the moment Toronto's Kawhi Leonard's game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers drops.

A Scotiabank Arena crowd, that included former Raptors point guard Jose Calderon, was on its feet for most of the final nailbiting 12 minutes that saw Leonard score five straight points to put Toronto up by five with 4:48 to play.

As for his colleagues, Embiid was battling illness, while Simmons is still overwhelmed by hesitancy with regards to picking his shots.

The Raptors will make their second-ever appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.

This is why the Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard. He had a decent game in which he racked up 25 points, seven boards, and four assists to help lead his team to the road upset. It was a game they had to have.

The 39 field goal attempts marked a new career-high for Leonard.

Simmons was called out by Butler about the need to attack the basket and play more off screens to become the triple-double threat he was in the regular season and not the non-factor he was against the Raptors.

The Raptors needed absolutely everything out of Leonard and he delivered, as he has all season long.

Simmons, who had the tough task of guarding Leonard for the majority of the series gave plenty of credit to the Raptors, but is confident his squad will be right back here next season as they try to go one better after consecutive second-round exits. When Gasol scored on a floater at 9:28 in the third quarter, Toronto took its biggest lead of the game - nine points.

Ibaka made an impact in other areas as well, pulling down eight rebounds - four of which were on the offensive glass - and dishing out three assists.

Johnson played one Game 7 with Toronto in 2014, scoring 20 points in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round.

Brown took over during the bleakest part of the 76ers' rebuild.

Toronto has been playing some incredible defense this postseason, and the Sixers are a good defensive team, as well, but hopefully we get some better offense over the final 36 minutes. The 76ers made 17 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Raptors.

Toronto's most recent - and only - trip to the Eastern Conference finals came in 2016 when it lost in six games to LeBron James and the eventual National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers.