The Toronto Raptors pulled out a Game 7 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. How did everyone play individually in this historic contest?
The Toronto Raptors are moving on. What a game. What a series. What a shot. Toronto pulled off an improbable victory, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers on a last second buzzer-beater.
Early on, it looked as if the game might be played in the 40s. Neither team could buy a basket, and more than halfway through the first quarter, the score was just 6-5. Toronto was playing fantastic defense but couldn’t hit an open shot.
The Raptors controlled most of the second, threatening to pull away at any time. However, just as it seemed as they were going to make their run, Philly answered with a few timely baskets. At the break, Toronto held a four-point lead.
Midway in the third, Philly made their push. Not only did they take the lead, they pushed it all the way out to seven. For the first time all game, the Raptors were vulnerable. As Toronto wobbled, a perfectly timed Embiid substitution occurred. A couple of Raptors layups helped stabilize the game. Soon, Toronto took back the lead.
The Raptors held the lead most of the fourth quarter. Then, with only a few seconds remaining, Kawhi Leonard missed a critical free throw. Marc Gasol attempted to tap it back for an offensive rebound, but it only ignited the Philly fastbreak. Just like that, the 76ers tied the game.
Everyone knew where the ball was going. The Raptors dumped it into Kawhi and the 76ers swarmed, sending a double. Kawhi ran a looping curve to the baseline corner and threw up a HIGH arching shot over the outstretched hands of Embiid. Game. Series.
So who played well in the most important game in franchise history? We take a look with our individual player grades.