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SportsJoel Embiid left the court in tears after Kawhi Leonard’s astonishing buzzer-beater

06:55  13 may  2019
06:55  13 may  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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The 2019 NBA Playoffs will likely serve as a wake-up call for Sixers big man Joel Embiid . The All-Star center battled illness and fatigue all series long, and by the time Kawhi Leonard shocked the 76ers with a bouncing, series-clinching buzzer - beater

Kawhi Leonard got the ultimate shooter's roll and hit the first game-winning, buzzer - beating shot in A buzzer - beater in Game 7. Raw joy from Leonard . Heartbreaking tears from Embiid who was The ball left Leonard ’ s hand with 0.3 seconds left — he barely got the shot off in time — and the game

Joel Embiid left the court in tears after Kawhi Leonard’s astonishing buzzer-beater © File Photo File Photo

The 2019 NBA Playoffs will likely serve as a wake-up call for Sixers big man Joel Embiid.

The All-Star center battled illness and fatigue all series long, and by the time Kawhi Leonard shocked the 76ers with a bouncing, series-clinching buzzer-beater, Embiid could be seen exiting the court as an emotionally drained (and devastated) star.

As Leonard's shot - which was made over Embiid - finally dropped, Embiid stood there in shock. He put his hands on his head and then made his way around the court to congratulate the Raptors players - all while holding back tears. Marc Gasol was the first player who approached Embiid to offer words of encouragement.

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When he made his way into the tunnel, Embiid was visibly crying. It was a crushing loss, and you could see how he was affected by it.

After the game, head coach Brett Brown said that the experience was something that Embiid would remember forever - and it could be used as a motivating force.

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

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