UNC Basketball Alumni in the NBA: Danny Green, Raptors advance to ECF


Even before Game 7 of the Raptors-Sixers series unfolded the way it did, there were rumors head coach Brett Brown was on the hot seat if the Sixers didn't advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto rolled to a 125-89 home win in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead before Philadelphia answered with a 112-101 home win in Game 6.

Leonard had a monster game with 41 points.

Ibaka's 17 points were the most he has scored in a playoff game this season.

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Teammates swarmed Leonard along the baseline after his fall-away shot from the right corner.

Kawhi Leonard bounced, bounced, bounced, bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs. It wasn't his most efficient performance of the season - he shot 16-for-39 from the field and 2-for-9 from the 3-point line - but he showed up when the Raptors needed him most.

The 76ers now enter the offseason with plenty of questions surrounding their roster, as Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick are set to become free agents.

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With 243 points compiled during the seven-game series against Philadelphia, Kawhi put together the third-highest point total in National Basketball Association playoff history.

Point guard Kyle Lowry chipped in with two steals, including one which led to a fast break basket that gave Toronto a four point lead with 1:15 remaining.

Another flagrant foul for Embiid would mean getting suspended for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in Milwaukee if Philadelphia beats Toronto, or sitting out the first game he plays in the 2019-20 regular season if they lose the semi-finals. J.J. Redick put in 16 points, while Ben Simmons added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. 18 years later, 76ers fans mourn a nearly-identical moment that they celebrated in the past.

TOP PERFORMERS: Leonard is averaging 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Raptors.

While the Raptor's offence will have to improve in the next round against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team's staunch defence in Sunday's Game 7 win saw the Raptors collect 10 steals and force two crucial shot clock violations down the stretch. Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Embiid led the Sixers with 21 points.

"I think the group incrementally, as I said in the beginning before we played, has slowly come together", Brown said.

"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.