The Toronto Raptors are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals to play Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the next round. In game five, Drizzy was seen courtside openly mocking Embiid's trademark aeroplane celebration as the Raptors romped to a 125-89 victory to take a 3-2 series lead.
Leonard finished with 41 points for the Raptors, with Serge Ibaka's 17 points off the bench the team's next highest scorer. His lack of adjustments killed them early on, but he figured it out near the end and made it a series after Toronto seemed to have killed their spirits by Game 4.
In the start of the second quarter, Toronto's Marc Gasol came up with two-straight buckets to cut the visitors' lead to just six.
The 25-year-old star center, who battled flu-like symptoms during the second-round series loss, averaged just 15.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 34 percent from the field during the four losses to the Raptors.
He had played 45 minutes, more than he ever had in regulation, and outstretched every bit of his 7-foot-6 wingspan to contest Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beating shot, the first of its kind to win a Game 7 in National Basketball Association history.
Game one of the eastern conference finals is in Milwaukee on Wednesday. J.J. Redick put in 16 points, while Ben Simmons added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
76ers: Embiid shot 6 for 18. In Game 2 of the real series, Toronto managed just 17 points in the first quarter.
With little help from the rest of Toronto's roster, Leonard has had to lift the offense all by himself.
Sportsnet says its average audience for the four games it showed during the second-round series was 1.3 million viewers, a 113 per-cent increase over the same round for the Raptors past year. Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Simmons - who averaged almost 17 PPG during the regular season - has scored more than 10 points just twice in the six games against Toronto. What's even more remarkable about his game-winner was that it was his 39th shot of the night.
"I think you would tend to think that in a long coaching career this is really, really, really big, biggest moment ever, but I think back to when I was getting ready to coach the Manchester Giants versus the Birmingham Bullets back in 2000, it meant a lot to me in the moment", Toronto's Nick Nurse said.
The pressure is on the Raptors, who are the favorites at home. "Last shot. After a hard-fought game, I feel like we had a chance", Embiid said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.