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He who laughs last, laughs longest.
The Toronto Raptors certainly won a laugher on Tuesday, setting a new franchise playoff record for largest margin of victory in their 125-89 Game 5 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
What a difference a few days makes, as just five days earlier it was the 76ers who dominated, taking a 2-1 series lead in a Game 3 blowout win.
Sixers centre Joel Embiid was outstanding that night, scoring 33 points in a dominant 116-95 win for his team in Philadelphia. He savoured every minute of it too, whooping it up for the Philly crowd with a few showboating moves – including his patented airplane celebration.
Embiid and the Sixers ran away with Game 3 👏 pic.twitter.com/fEARC06Piv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 3, 2019
Gosh, why is Joel Embiid not doing this leaving the court? pic.twitter.com/a9WgVtpVL4
— Kyla (@kylaer_) May 8, 2019
So when Embiid subbed out of the game for the final time with over nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, you bet Raptors fans let him hear about it.
It’s known as Scotiabank Arena nowadays, but for one moment, the Raptors’ home court was the Air Canada Centre once again:
Here’s how it went down:
Raps Fans Airplane as Embiid Leaves pic.twitter.com/10Rsy6XAMC
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) May 8, 2019
Fans in Toronto doing the airplane for Embiid as he checks out in q4.
8:58 to go. Raptors lead 101-73. pic.twitter.com/oV7XhblTJq
— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) May 8, 2019
LOL Drake and Raptors fans mock Joel Embiid with the airplane move after he subs out for the game. pic.twitter.com/AVJ61K0WHi
— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) May 8, 2019
Even Drake got into the act!
Drake doing the airplane after Joel Embiid checked out 😂 pic.twitter.com/1iLCwxuLO3
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) May 8, 2019
The Raptors can close out the series with a win in Game 6 in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Embiid just walked by Drake and said “I’ll be back” …Thursday @Raptors it’s on…
— Leo Rautins (@LeoRautins) May 8, 2019
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