Game 6 Turning Point: The 26-3 run that flipped the season on its head

Toronto trailed for all but two minutes of the first three quarters of Game 6, but the next seven minutes changed… everything. In a game that mirrored so many others in these playoffs, the Toronto Raptors once again found themselves digging out of a double-digit hole, this time in the third quarter of Game 6 in the Conference Finals against Milwaukee. Thanks to the heroics of Kawhi Leonard and some keen shot making by the bench, it would end up being the final game of the Eastern Conference playoff gauntlet for the Raptors — because they’re advancing.
According to ESPN’s odds calculator, which measures a team’s chances of winning a game play-by-play, the Raptors had just a 5.2 percent chance of pulling off the victory once the Bucks pulled ahead 76-61 with just two minutes remaining in the third quarter. From those Ersan Ilyasova free throws on, the game became Toronto’s through and through.
After the Bucks pulled ahead by 15, the Raptors began their torrid charge to take back the lead, as visualized by this graphic.None of it would’ve been possible without Kawhi Leonard — who managed to control the game late in the third by himself en-route to …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ

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