4. Ibaka’s Game 7 performance against the Toronto Raptors-Philadelphia 76ers series
This game will forever be remembered for only one reason. Kawhi’s ludicrous buzzer-beater shot that bounced four times before going in — the first-ever buzzer-beater winner in a game 7 match. But what people will fail to remember is the impact Serge Ibaka had that night. If not for Ibaka, the Raptors don’t win Game 7 and they’d ultimately fail to win the championship.
Ibaka put up 17 points, making 6 out of his 10 shots. He had the team’s second-most points and also had four huge offensive rebounds that translated to a couple of second-chance points. Points that would make all the difference at the end of the game.
What will be most remembered of the Toronto Raptors championship is the impact each and every Raptor player had. For Fred VanVleet, it was his performance against the Bucks. For Kyle Lowry, how can we forget how he scored the team’s first 11 points in Game 6 against the Warriors.
For Serge Ibaka, Game 7 against the 76ers was his big moment. A game where everyone failed to get it going, except for Ibaka and of course Kawhi.
That was his big moment in the Raptors playoff run, and it’s one we’ll never forget.