Joel Embiid sobbed as he walked off the court in a dramatic scene after Kawhi Leonard's game-winning shot

  • Kawhi Leonard hit a buzzer-beating shot on Sunday to send the Toronto Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals and eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • After the buzzer sounded, Joel Embiid sobbed as he walked off the court and was consoled by members of the Raptors, 76ers, and his girlfriend.
  • Sixers head coach Brett Brown put a positive spin on the moment after the game, saying it will fuel Embiid to get better.
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Joel Embiid was in tears as he left the court following Kawhi Leonard's series-winning shot to the help the Toronto Raptors eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid contested Leonard's shot, a fade-away jumper on the right sideline that saw the ball bounce on the rim four times before going down.

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TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) watches from the corner as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) squats down and sticks out his tongue waiting for the ball to drop for Raptors to win. Toronto Raptors guard Jordan Loyd (8) (in cities) starts the celebration. Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers in2nd half action of Round 2, Game 7 of NBA playoff play at Scotiabank Arena. . Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and teammates watch as the ball bounces around the rim as time begins to expire in an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game, in Toronto, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Leonard hit the game-winning basket as time expired, and the Toronto Raptors advanced to the Eastern Conference Final by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 92-90. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, center, reacts with teammates after making the game-winning shot as Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) walks away at the end of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game, in Toronto, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, second from left, celebrates his game-winning basket as time expired at the end of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Toronto won 92-90. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, center, celebrates his game-winning basket as time expired at the end of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Toronto won 92-90. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
El alero de los Raptors de Toronto Kawhi Leonard, centro, celebra su tiro ganador al término del partido de la NBA contra los 76ers de Filadelfia, el domingo 12 de mayo de 2019, en Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates with teammates after sinking a buzzer beater to win Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 (R) of the Toronto Raptors speaks with Kyle Lowry #7 after sinking a buzzer beater to win Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors leaves the court after sinking a buzzer beater to win Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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As the Raptors swarmed Leonard to celebrate, the Sixers walked off the court. Cameras caught Embiid solemnly walking off the court, when Raptors center Marc Gasol stopped Embiid to talk to him. There, Embiid broke down, crying so heavily that he put his head on Gasol's shoulder.

Embiid' reaction was caught by cameras and played during 76ers coach Brett Brown's postgame press conference:

Brown told reporters of Embiid's reaction: "He'll look in the rearview mirror and remember this. He'll come out better and stronger and smarter and more aware of really what it takes to play longer than this."

Cameras also caught Embiid being consoled by his girlfriend in the tunnel to the locker room after the game.

It was a frustrating series for Embiid, who battled a knee injury and a sickness that visibly affected him. He had moments of his typical dominance, but after the best regular season of his career, he was not able to play at his standard for long stretches in the postseason.

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