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Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 Buzzer Beater


Mark Blinch

for NBAE

12 May, 2019

Kawhi Leonard (squatting, center) of the Toronto Raptors watches his game-winning buzzer-beater shot go into the net, while playing against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs, at the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.

A buzzer-beater is a successful shot made just as the buzzer sounds to indicate the end of a game, or period in a game. Leonard’s ball hit the rim as the final buzzer sounded, and bounced around four times before dropping through the net. This was the first Game 7 game-winning buzzer-beater shot in NBA history. Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers had at this point each won three games of the seven-game series. After eliminating the 76ers, Toronto Raptors went on to be the first team based outside the USA to win the NBA finals.

About the photographer

Mark Blinch

Mark Blinch is the team photographer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and has photographed for National Basketball Association (NBA), Getty Images Sport, Reuters, the Canadian Press,...

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