Clank. Clank. Clank. Clank. These were the sounds in one of the defining moments in Kawhi Leonard’s career. His Toronto Raptors lost a pivotal game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers, and game 7 was tight throughout. A loss would’ve casted blame on Kawhi as his missed free throw with seconds left led to a game-tying Jimmy Butler layup.
With 4.2 seconds left, Kawhi was inbounded the ball. Leonard raced towards the corner and faded away with Joel Embiid in his grill. The buzzer sounded on the high-arching shot as Kevin Harlan asked “is this the dagger?” The Scotiabank Arena was in silence as the ball bounced once off the rim. Time seemed to move slowly as Leonard crouched down in a corner watching the shot clank three more times. “Ohhhhhhhhh” yelled Harlan and the entire arena, as the shot finally fell through the net.
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