Inside Kawhi Leonard's historic buzzer-beater that lifted Raptors into East finals

TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard isn’t emotionless. You just don’t see it from him often.

“I’m a guy that acts like I’ve been there before,” Leonard said after making one of the biggest shots of his career and one of the biggest in Toronto Raptors franchise history.

As the clock reached zero and the buzzer sounded with 20,917 fans inside Scotiabank Arena and millions more watching around the world, Leonard’s 15-foot fadeaway over the outstretched arms of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid hit the rim four times before falling in and giving the Raptors a 92-90 victory and a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

But Leonard hadn’t been in this situation before. No player in NBA history had. In the history of Game 7s in the NBA playoffs — that’s 135 games — Leonard is the first to make a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot.

“Whenever it’s a moment that I haven’t really experienced, I probably try to give and show some emotion and let it just come out,” Leonard said. “Tonight was one of those nights.”

Was it ever.

Leonard, who scored a game-high 41 points, watched the ball fall through the net in a baseball catcher’s crouch right in front of the Raptors bench.

He was mobbed…

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