Drake bowed down in praise as he greeted Downie by his courtside seats during halftime of the Toronto Raptors-Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game on Friday night.
Downie, who announced in May of 2016 that he has a terminal brain tumour, drew a standing ovation from the 19,800 in attendance at Air Canada Centre earlier in the game. He stood to wave and thank the crowd.
In addition to being a multiple Grammy Award-winning artist, Drake serves as a global ambassador for the Raptors and is a regular fixture in his courtside seats between the home team's bench and the scorer's table.
Downie approached Drake at half and the Toronto-raised rapper stopped to prostrate himself before the pair embraced in a deep hug.
Toronto trails the best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference semifinal 2-0.
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