Brooklyn and Toronto were deadlocked at 125-125 with 7.4 seconds remaining when Leonard went to work on Monday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Kyle Lowry bounced a pass into forward before Leonard rolled to his right and drew two defenders.
Nets 6-foot-11 center Jarrett Allen attempted to bother Leonard as he looked for an open shot and the seconds ticked off of the clock. Leonard then opted for a fade-away. He elevated and released the shot from a very high angle.
The ball clanked off of the window at just the right angel and fell through the rim. D'Angelo Russell then missed a desperation 3-point attempt for the Nets, making Leonard's shot the clincher.
"I was playing around and telling the guys I called game like Paul Pierce did on his little interview," Leonard told reporters. "I really didn't think about it at the time. I just went to a spot where I saw some space and I shot the ball."
Leonard scored a game-high 30 points and had eight assists in the victory. Russell led Brooklyn with 28 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in the loss.