With an injury to Pascal Siakam and a struggling depth chart, the Raptors simply found a way to win — with much credit to Kawhi Leonard. As the clock wound down on Game 4 in Philadelphia, ABC’s Mark Jones started to work his way through the superlatives over a Kawhi Leonard highlight reel. Starting with “magisterial” and ending somewhere related to “unstoppable”, he managed to sum up the general mood around Leonard as it relates to Raptors fans. To put it simply — there hasn’t been a player like him in the history of the franchise.
Needing a win to tie their second round series and take back home court advantage, Leonard was the lynchpin to a 101-96 Game 4 victory for the Raptors, as he had 39 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists. Late in the game, it was Kawhi’s step back three over Joel Embiid that effectively sealed the win.
KAWHI SO CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/89YjFWzoUl— ESPN (@espn) May 5, 2019
In all facets of the game, Kawhi was excellent, getting his points on 13-for-20 shooting and 5-for-7 from deep. He had seven turnovers and was errant with a few float passes, but otherwise worked to get teammates involved and kept the …
Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ