NBA: Leonard beats buzzer, Raptors advance
TORONTO—Kawhi Leonard hit a buzzer-beating jump shot that bounced up and around the rim before finally dropping through the net, and the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 92-90 on Sunday night in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Leonard finished with 41 points and eight rebounds and winning shot came after Jimmy Butler had tied the game on a layup with 4.2 seconds remaining.
Teammates swarmed Leonard along the baseline after his fall-away shot from the right corner. He let out a scream as fans danced in the stands.
Toronto advanced to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference final. The Raptors are seeking their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.
Leonard hit a 24-foot jumper with 1:42 to play to give Toronto an 87-85 lead.
The Raptors led by four with 1:14 to play on a steal by Kyle Lowry, who set up Pascal Siakam for the layup.
Butler made one of two free throws, cutting the lead to three. With 12.1 seconds to play, Embiid made two free throws to trim the lead to one.
Leonard made one of two free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining, and Butler tied the score at 90 on his layup.
Serge Ibaka provided 17 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors. Siakam had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
McCollum leads Blazers past Nuggets
CJ McCollum scored 37 points, including a fadeaway jumper with 11.4 seconds left, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the host Denver Nuggets 100-96 in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.
Damian Lillard was held to 13 points on 3-of-17 shooting and added 10 rebounds and eight assists. The Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to advance to the West finals for the first time since 2000.
Game 1 against Golden State is Tuesday in Oakland, Calif.
McCollum added nine rebounds and Enes Kanter had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Jamal Murray scored 17 for the Nuggets.
Denver, which led for most of the game, went without a field goal for 5:33 in the fourth quarter until Gary Harris hit a layup and Jokic followed with a floater to make it 94-93 with 1:43 left. McCollum's jumper in the final 12 seconds made it 98-95.
Jokic was fouled and split two free throws and Portland's Evan Turner hit two with eight seconds left to seal it.