Don't make Brett Brown the 76ers scapegoat: Macnow

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown looks on from courtside during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto Saturday

Toronto opens the Eastern Conference Finals at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

He finished Game 5 with 17 points, helping the Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 125-89 blowout win.

The 76ers missed nine straight shots to start the game and didn't score until a 3-pointer by Redick midway through the quarter.

After Philadelphia's Jimmy Butler tied it with a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left, Toronto used their final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who dribbled toward the right corner and launched the high-arching shot.

Kawhi Leonard bounced, bounced, bounced, bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs. He was 16-of-39 from the field, including 2-for-9 from three-point range in the win.

A year after being swept by the New York Knicks in their first ever playoff series, Toronto got their revenge in a close, grind-it-out Game 5 series-clinching win over the same team that eliminated them the year prior to advance to the Conference Semifinals.

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The Raptors had played in five previous Game 7s, most recently in 2016 when Lowry scored 35 points to help Toronto beat Miami to move on to the conference finals. He had a decent game in which he racked up 25 points, seven boards, and four assists to help lead his team to the road upset. J.J. Redick put in 16 points, while Ben Simmons added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Brown is wrapping up his sixth season with the 76ers, his first head coaching job in the National Basketball Association, and has compiled just a 178-314 record with the franchise.

Embiid didn't do much early in Game 6, but Butler and Simmons built some needed separation.

But it was Toronto's superstar Leonard who was the hero. They can use this heartbreaker as a learning experience, and can fine tune their respective games in order to take the 76ers to the promised land.

The Raptors now are 10 in the league during the postseason by averaging 104.6 points per game. Serge Ibaka proved huge off the bench, finishing with 17 points of his own. He's been there through everything, and then this year I think he grew even more as a coach.

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