Kawhi Leonard Impresses Again as Raptors Tie Series With Game 4 Win

Raptors list Pascal Siakam as'doubtful for Game 4 with calf injury

Unlike the team's losses in Games 2 and 3, Leonard wasn't the only one coming up big for the Raptors. He nabbed 39 points and 14 rebounds, continuing his all-time performance in this series. "Kawhi's a top-five player in the National Basketball Association [and] he doesn't miss often".

Through three quarters on Sunday afternoon, the Toronto Raptors had done a lot of things right, and some much less so.

Leonard is already in the conversation of the best two-way players in the N.B.A., and his ceiling keeps rising.

They answered the call behind Kawhi Leonard's 39-point, 14-rebound double-double to top the 76ers, 101-96, and even their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2 wins apiece.

Midway through the third quarter, Leonard, a two-time victor of the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, was moved onto Sixers guard Jimmy Butler, who has led Philadelphia offensively for much of the series. He had a couple threes that he took he can make those too. He waited a minute or two. Neither acknowledged the other. But they showed up in meaningful ways and helped Toronto get the win, which matters for their present and future.

The Raptors tightened their defense in Game 4 and held Philadelphia to 40.2% shooting from the field and 31.6% from the three-point line.

The Raptors relied heavily in the closing moments on a steady diet of pick-and-rolls featuring Leonard as the ball handler. "I think tonight, once again, you saw him do everything that he could". Widen your view, and you realize he's inside his own snow globe.

Leonard's signature possession of the game occurred with the Raptors leading by one point with just more than a minute to go in regulation.

Kawhi Leonard dominated Game 4 with 39 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in almost 43 minutes.

After tons of scrutiny by pundits and fans across social media, Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka all had bounce back games on both sides of the court.

With the series heading back to Toronto, it will be incredibly telling to see how Brett Brown attempts to counter Nurse's latest move and is able to unleash the unstoppable force that is Joel Embiid in the paint once more; for the Philadelphia 76ers' stake, let's hope Game 4 as an outlier. The big man battled a virus and didn't sleep the night before the game.

Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and the gang marvel at Leonard's superstar status, and break down what, exactly, his presence means for the Raptors' playoff run. In an era where highlight clips dictate players' narratives more than ever, Leonard's dominance is nearly disconcertingly fundamental. The 76ers had a three-point lead with 7:36 left in the fourth quarter when Embiid went to the bench. He's a black-and-white film artfully explaining itself, tucked into in an era filled with sequels and binge-watching.

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