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Kawhi Leonard's historic Game 7 buzzer-beater wins sports photo of the year

Kawhi Leonard's game-winner against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 7 of last season's Eastern Conference Semifinals is the gift that keeps on giving.

This week, Mark Blinch's iconic shot of Leonard watching the ball fall through the net claimed the top prize in the Sports, Singles category of this year's World Press Photo Contest.

Based in Toronto, Blinch is a photographer for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has also photographed for the NBA and Getty Images Sports, as well as the Canadian Press, Reuters and The Globe and Mail.

Blinch said winning the award is a dream come true.

"This is absolutely a top honour. A World Press photo is a milestone I've been working toward my entire life," Blinch told CBC Sports.

Leonard became the first player in NBA history to hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7. He also became the second player in NBA history to hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in a winner-take-all playoff game, joining the one and only Michael Jordan.

Leonard's shot punched Toronto's ticket to the Conference Finals, where they outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. Leonard then led the Raptors to their first title in franchise history, securing his second Finals MVP award along the way.

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