Kawhi Leonard Scores 39 Points as Toronto Ties up Series 2-2

Pascal Siakam Doubtful For Game 4 With Calf Contusion

The Raps trailed their second-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers, 2-1 heading into Sunday afternoon's game on the road. A team that had mortgaged a good chunk of its identity so that it could perform better in the moments where it had failed before. It was nice to see Marc take 'em and make a couple and keep taking them. Guarding Leonard is no easy task, but the Raptors' All-Star commended Ben Simmons for the defense he's played in the series. Embiid appeared to be bothered by a left leg issue and finished the first two quarters with only six points and five rebounds. "The close games we're in, the games we won, we held them under 100 points, and that's what we've gotta do". "They were switching. Embiid is a good defender, long, and I just wanted to get it to the back of the rim", Leonard said. Through nine games against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, he is averaging 32.3 points (58.7% shooting from the field), 7.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 36.7 minutes. He turned the ball over four times, but his performance - aided by countless big shots - earned a top grade.

The impact: Siakam has played a key role for Toronto this season and taken his play even further in the postseason series against Boston.

Serge Ibaka also assumed a key role Sunday. When Kyle Lowry walked out, Leonard shuffled in.

So much is riding on this series, including Leonard's future in Toronto. "'I want to give you a heads up".

Leonard scored 39 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 left, to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

"To his credit, he willed his way through it", Brown said. "We had to try to grind, man", Ibaka said.

Nurse said his team needed to hit open shots, and play better defence. Like I've said before, it's not just about me and him on the floor, I'm trying to beat the whole Sixers team. "I don't know what else we can do".

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At least half of that would prove true.

Leonard's game, if you'd like to use superlatives, has been methodical, measured, ruthless and incredibly efficient.

So maybe they are hoping their special "North" uniforms that they're wearing on Sunday will help push them to a victory. But the whole-defence-leading to offence thing did not pan out at all.

Embiid ultimately logged 35 minutes, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a pair of blocks. So many of those shots were wide open, too.

"I had times when I took those shots, and they came up short", Leonard said. Non-Kawhi members of the team would end up shooting 20 per cent from deep on the night.

The 34-year old Redick, who has reached the playoffs each season of his career, has finished with a positive plus-minus in each of the past two games, according to stats.nba.com, highlighted by a plus-22 finish in Game 3. And then if coach says "Why'd you do it?' I promise you I will say 'I told him to do it". "I don't care if we didn't have space tonight. There was a lot of naked threes out there that we didn't hit and one of these days we just might".

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