Raptors advance to Eastern Conference Finals after Game 7 win against Sixers

Raptors advance to Eastern Conference Finals after Game 7 win against Sixers

His Sunday stat line was a marked improvement - he went 3 for 5 from three-point range on a night the entire Raptors team shot just 7 for 30 from beyond the arc - and he helped out on defence, too.

The Sixers escaped with a win on the road in Toronto in Game 2, breaking a 14-game road losing streak north of the border. J.J. Redick put in 16 points, while Ben Simmons added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Their opponents have averaged 106.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting. "The mood in the locker room as we went through sort of an early shootaround-our version of shootaround-before, you could sense the serious side".

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. "I'm not going to tell you (how much the bill was)".

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 Raptors now are 10 in the league during the postseason by averaging 104.6 points per game. Almost two minutes passed before the next basket, Leonard's long jumper with 1:41 to go that was initially ruled a three, but changed to a two after video review. But the Raptors are only halfway to their ultimate goal of a league title, and Leonard's heroics will be quickly forgotten if Toronto is brushed aside by the offensively lethal Bucks.


Embiid missed the entirety of Toronto's 12-0 run that cut a 19-point lead to seven and had fans booing as the All-Star big man took a breather. Kawhi Leonard leads the team in the postseason by pouring in 31 points plus 8.5 rebounds per game.

The Raptors opened as 6.5-point favorites in Game 7. Ibaka finished second on the team with 17 points, while Pascal Siakam (11) and Kyle Lowry (10) were the only other Raptors players to finish with double-digits in points. When Gasol scored on a floater at 9:28 in the third quarter, Toronto took its biggest lead of the game - nine points. This is a team that can exorcize some of the ghosts of the past with a home win.

"I've been fortunate to be in a few Game 7's and they're very unique", Brown said Thursday after Philadelphia's Game 6 win.

"I knew I had some time to try to get some space rather than just catch and shoot the ball. I think that's key for sure", said Butler, according to The Athletic.

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