Kawhi Leonard gets destroyed by raucous crowd in San Antonio return

DeMar DeRozan Gregg Popovich

SAN ANTONIO - DeMar DeRozan said going into Thursday night's Raptors-Spurs matchup that he had "wanted to break every single record that was there" for Toronto. So, I felt badly, honestly'. In the end, it was DeRozan who got the best of the Raptors and helped propel his team to a 125-107 victory on Thursday. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was'.

"I got great shooters around me", DeRozan told the National Basketball Association on TNT during his postgame interview.

Wednesday marked the third game of the season that DeRozan dished out 10-plus assists.

And as Raptors coach Nick Nurse pointed out, if there's any player unflappable enough to withstand a choir of 20,000 spiteful voices, it's Leonard.

The next confusing, strange, inspiring yet nearly heartbreaking chapter of this saga will be written on February 22nd, when DeRozan returns to Toronto for the first time in a non-Raptors uniform.

The crowd erupted during a sequence of plays when Leonard had the ball tipped away, which led to a slam dunk by White.

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

- Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) January 4, 2019Let us come to your job and BOO you for 2hrs for you looking out for YOURSELF when teams time after time do what's best for THEM! "MVP!" - something Leonard heard during his time in San Antonio. "Spurs did a great job pushing the pace and kicking out for wide-open shots".

Leonard left the Spurs on bad terms after appearing in just nine games in the 2017-18 season, and he's not expected to be received warmly by the fans in San Antonio. He was booed during a tribute video the organization played to honor his and Danny Green's accomplishments with the franchise. Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. He made 64 appearances for the team, averaging 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, and 0.4 steals in just 9.0 minutes of action off the bench.

Coach Gregg Popovich said he told DeRozan "it was about time" he got his first triple-double.

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