DeRozan records 1st career triple-double vs. Raptors

Tanya Simon
January 9, 2019

Pippen, a day after Leonard made his first homecoming to San Antonio as a member of the Toronto Raptors, said the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 Finals MVP has improved on things the Hall of Famer had noticed before their meeting.

Former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was back in San Antonio on Thursday night for the first time since he forced a trade to Toronto in July, and while he endured constant heckling throughout the game, the bigger confrontation may have taken place in the stands between his mother and an irate fan.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13. "He did speak, but as you guys know, Kawhi's a very quiet player, so he doesn't speak much off the court, either".

DeRozan and the Spurs dominated the battle of former teammates, leading by as many as 28 points in snapping the Raptors' three-game winning streak. "So I felt badly, in all honesty".

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"No", Leonard said. "Media does a great mind to stir people's minds and to influence them to think a certain way". San Antonio was in control from the start as DeMar DeRozan records the first triple-double of his career with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. "They knock it down, they make me look good, so all the credit goes to them for sure".

Less than halfway through the opening quarter, DeRozan threw down some absolute fury at the rim to give the Spurs a 10-point cushion - one that would turn out to be one of the slimmest San Antonio leads of the night. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka.

In the first meeting between the Spurs and Raptors since last summer's blockbuster trade, Leonard's team was blown out of the building with a 125-107 loss in a game that wasn't ever close. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting.

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