Joel Embiid leaves court in tears after Sixers stunned in Game 7

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Ahead of the game there were many parallels made between this Game 7 and the Raptors' Game 7 in 2001, which was also against the Sixers and what ultimately decided who faced the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.

What started as a defensive-focused rock fight progressed into a thriller in the fourth quarter, where the Sixers erased a five-point lead with less than five minutes left and a four-point lead with less than one minutes left.

After a tough back-and-forth series with Philadelphia, Leonard's shot to put away the resilient Sixers was a huge relief for beleaguered Toronto sports fans not used to things going their way.

Among the questions that hinge on these playoffs is the future of Leonard.

The Raptors now have to win a pivotal Game 7 in order to make their way to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2015-16 and the second time in franchise history. Philadelphia shot 46.1 percent from the field, including 10 of 28 from three-point range, and dominated the glass 52-34 to help offset 18 turnovers.

Australian Simmons had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Three of Philadelphia's starters - Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick -may not return next season. Jordan was the only other player to do it back in Game 5 in the first round of the 1989 National Basketball Association playoffs. In Game 2 of the real series, Toronto managed just 17 points in the first quarter.

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He is now aiming to have his future sorted well before Chelsea's trip to Baku to face Arsenal in the May 29 showpiece, with his contract due to expire a month later.

Prior to Embiid's emotional walk to the 76ers' locker room, Raptors center Marc Gasol stopped to console his All-Star counterpart.

The game-winning shot handed the Raptors a 92-90 win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Leonard is averaging 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Raptors.

For all his struggles with health and conditioning this postseason, Embiid finished Sunday's game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Perhaps one of the only bright spots on offence for the Raptors (other than Kawhi, of course) was the production of Serge Ibaka, who came off the bench to score 17 points in 29 minutes, outproducing the 76ers reserves 17-8 by himself. His point total trailed only superstar Kawhi Leonard's 41 for most on the team.

"I think the group incrementally, as I said in the beginning before we played, has slowly come together", Brown said.

The Raptors are 32-9 on their home court. "Last shot. After a hard-fought game, I feel like we had a chance", Embiid said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

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