Joel Embiid’s win is similar to Kawhi Leonard’s playoff heartbreaker

Joel EmbiidYou know what it is like to lose in the face of a 3-pointer. NBA playoffsBut that was not the case Wednesday night.

The Philadelphia 76ersStar splashed a three-point turnaround in under one second overtime to score a 104-101Win against the Toronto Raptors.

Embiid gave a simple answer when asked about his game-winner ranking among his greatest shots throughout his career:

“Obviously that's the best one.”

Philly is one win away from winning the series. But it wasn’t too long ago that Philly was on the other end of a buzzer-beating three at Scotiabank Arena.

Kawhi LeonardAlthough he may not be as close to the Raptors as he seems, his final-second three in Game 7 is one of the most memorable playoff shots.

Leonard made a corner three with less than one second left. It fell through the net after four good bounces, ending the Sixers playoff run.

Leonard was, as history would have it. He was being protected by none other that 2022 NBA MVP finalistJoel Embiid.

Toronto won the next round. Milwaukee BucksThe Eastern Conference finals saw the elimination of the defending champion. Golden State WarriorsEn route to the franchise's first championship. Leonard was also named Finals' MVP.

While the playoff run for the 76ers is still ongoing, it could be a mirror of their 2019 encounter with the Raptors.


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