Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

DeRozan records 1st career triple-double vs. Raptors

DeRozan records 1st career triple-double vs. Raptors

Yesterday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors was a battle to see which player would triumph over their former team.

Without Leonard, the Spurs would not have won their championship in 2014. For the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard was looking to beat the team he demanded to be traded from, while DeMar DeRozan of the Spurs was looking for revenge after being traded from a team he loved.

The contest marked the return to San Antonio of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who were moved to the Raptors in the offseason after Leonard demanded a trade from the Spurs.

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.

"[The] media does a great job to stir people's minds and influence them to think a certain way", Leonard added. "They knock it down, they make me look good, so all the credit goes to them for sure". DeRozan tallied his first career triple-double for San Antonio on Thursday.

"Kawhi is a high-character guy", Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News. "So, I felt badly, honestly".

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DeRozan became the first Spurs player to record a triple-double at home since 2003, when Tim Duncan accomplished the feat.

But after the video when players were announced, Leonard was met with boos from the crowd while Green received a much warmer welcome.

Considering how the Warriors were able to take the lead before the final possession, Harden's game-winner was poetic justice.

Forbes finished with 31.1 FanDuel points.

Kyle Lowry has appeared in 30 games this season for the Raptors. Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich's surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.

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