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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard earns Player of the Day

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The 2019 NBA Playoffs are heating up!

Every day from now until the end of the postseason, our NBA.com Staff will bring you one top performer following the completion of the playoff games on that night.

You'll be able to see the best performance and three honourable mentions from each night, while also having access to all prior "Player of the Day" files, as we see who can tally the most honours these playoffs.

Today's player of the day is...

Kawhi Leonard

Team's result: Raptors 108, Sixers 95 (Raptors lead series 1-0)

Stat line: 45 points (16-23 FG, 3-7 3PT, 10-11 FT), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Kawhi Leonard was a force on the offensive end in Game 1, recording a new playoff career high with 45 points on just 26 shots.

Leonard started the game on fire, scoring 17 points in the first quarter on 7-of-9 shooting as the Raptors raced out to an early lead and never looked back.

With Kawhi patrolling the perimeter for the Raptors, he helped keep Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler quiet on the night, with the 76ers duo combining for 24 points on 10-of-29 shooting.

Honourable Mentions:

Nikola Jokic

Team's result: Nuggets 90, Spurs 86 (Nuggets win series 4-3)

Stat line: 21 points (9-26 FG, 0-4 3PT, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

After dropping a career-high 43 points in Game 6, Nikola Jokic turned it on in Game 7, with a huge triple-double, with zero turnovers.

Jokic played 43 minutes in the first Game 7 of his career and proved to be the difference as he facilitated the Nuggets offence all night, whilst doing a solid job defensively on LaMarcus Aldridge, who he held to just 16 points.

Pascal Siakam

Team's result: Raptors 108, Sixers 95 (Raptors lead series 1-0)

Stat line: 29 points (12-15 FG, 3-7 3PT, 10-11 FT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist

As much as the 76ers struggled to contain Kawhi Leaonrd, they had just as much trouble stopping Pascal Siakam.

The Most Improved Player of the Year candidate bothered the 76ers with his length in the paint and his finishing around the rim, getting his 29 points on just 15 shots.

He had 17 points in a dynamic first quarter as he and Kawhi Leonard combined to put the Raptors in control early.

Rudy Gay

Team's result: Spurs 86, Nuggets 90 (Nuggets win series 4-3)

Stat line: 21 points (8-17 FG, 2-7 3PT, 3-3 FT), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal

On a night when the Spurs struggled to generate much offence, Rudy Gay was the steadying force, scoring eight of his 21 points in the third quarter as the Spurs made thier run.

Gay, along with Bryn Forbes helped get the Spurs back into the game, with his attacking mindset leading the way for his teammates to follow.

Previous winners

April 14 - Stephen Curry

April 15 - Giannis Antetokounmpo

April 16 - Lou Williams

April 17 - Kawhi Leonard

April 18 - James Harden

April 19 - Ben Simmons

April 20 - Russell Westbrook

April 21 - Joel Embiid

April 22 - Kawhi Leonard

April 23 - Giannis Antetokounmpo

April 24 - Damian Lillard

April 25 - Lou Williams

April 26 - Nikola Jokic

Aprul 27 - Kevin Durant

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