Kawhi Leonard produced another dominant display to pull the Toronto Raptors back into their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Leonard scored 36 points as the Raptors pulled off a dramatic 118-112 double overtime victory to reduce the Bucks lead to 2-1.
The All-Star forward saved his best until last, scoring eight of his points in the decisive second overtime period to ensure the Raptors avoided a defeat that would have left them with little hope of advancing to the Finals.
Having averaged 34.7 points per game as he inspired the Raptors to a seven-game win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the previous round, Leonard has almost maintained those incredible standards, contributing 32.7 per outing in the opening three games of the Conference Finals.
Unlike during the Raptors’ Game 1 and 2 defeats in Milwaukee, Leonard received significant support from his team-mates, with Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell all excelling.
Leonard appeared to be in pain late in the game but continued to finish explosively at the rim and dismissed concerns over his condition following the win.
“I’m feeling all right. This is playoff basketball,” Leonard said. “Everybody’s hurting so I’ve just got to keep fighting.”
Game 4 takes place in Toronto in the early hours on Wednesday morning (1:30am) live on Sky Sports Arena.