Raptors’ credit Kawhi Leonard for Game 4 win VS 76ers
After nailing 39 points and 14 rebounds, Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard once again delivered for his team’s victory 101-96 against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday (Manila time) to even the series 2-2.
His teammate Kyle Lowry described Leonard as unstoppable. “Kawhi is dominant, just dominant,” the guard told ESPN.com. “I’ve only played with one other guy like that, Yao Ming, where when he got it rolling, you can’t stop him. Kawhi has been doing this for a month.”
Danny Green, who have been teammates with Leonard since their Spurs days, said, “He’s been doing it time and time again. He’s getting better with time and each game and picking apart the defense, taking what they’re giving him.”
Serge Ibaka has simple words for Leonard’s greatness every time he steps up for the team. “That’s Kawhi, man, that’s what he does for a living.”
The Klaw is averaging 32.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Leonard has become the first NBA player in the postseason to average 30 points, five rebounds and three assists on a field goal percentage greater than 65, surpassing Lebron James back in 2016-2017, Shaquille O’Neal in 1997-1998 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1976-1977.
With a tied series, the Raptors are heading back to their home court for Game 5 and is more determined than ever to snatch up another win. The 76ers need to find a way to contain Leonard before he gets a chance to score another 30 points or more to continue his winning streak in his fifth straight conference semifinal game. Leonard and the Raptors will certainly be icons to watch out for in Game 5 on Wednesday (Manila time).