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Spurs blast Raptors as Kawhi returns to San Antonio

Spurs blast Raptors as Kawhi returns to San Antonio

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. Peep the insane highlights above.

In a video that's been gaining popularity on Twitter, a woman believed to be Leonard's mother can be seen yelling at an obnoxious Spurs fan in the section next to her's within the venue.

Leonard finished with 21 points and five assists.

DeMar DeRozan saved a special performance for a team that unceremoniously shipped him off over the summer when the Toronto Raptors visited AT&T Center on Wednesday night. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of "MVP!"

Kawhi Leonard returned to San Antonio on Thursday for the first time since the Spurs traded him to the Toronto Raptors in the offseason, and the welcome he received wasn't all that warm.

The Spurs showed a tribute video for Leonard and Green before introductions, highlighting big moments from their runs to the NBA Finals.

Mills said he has remained in contact with both Leonard and Green, but sees the matchup against the Raptors as simply another game against a talented opponent.

While the parties involved may have moved on, many Spurs fans have not.

Toronto has faced tough competition all while dealing with various injuries to key players.

In addition to Lowry, the Raptors continue to be without centre Jonas Valanciunas while the Spurs are likely to be without Rudy Gay.

While other reserves have stepped up, the absence of the aforementioned two has impacted the team's ability to execute as well as its overall sharpness.

The problem is, DeRozan is now with San Antonio. San Antonio is one of the league's best 3-point shooting teams but is very selective as the shooting comes at a low volume. But for us, it's about just trying to get better, create better habits on both ends of the floor. A year after making a concerted effort to move away from isolation-based offence, they are back to throwing the ball to a star and getting out of the way, as they try to take advantage of Leonard's physical dominance.

DeMar DeRozan will make his first return to Toronto on February 22.


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