TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard had the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left as a result of the Toronto Raptors beat his former San Antonio Spurs teammates, 120-117, on Friday night, spoiling DeMar DeRozan’s return.
“Tonight was like a playoff game,” Leonard talked about. “We had to grind it out all the way to the end.”
Leonard scored 19 of his 25 components in the second half, and he blended with Kyle Lowry to strip DeRozan at midcourt sooner than racing in alone for a one-handed slam.
“I knew they were going to be aggressive, trying to make a play on the ball and then foul,” DeRozan talked about. “I’ve just got to be more aware.”
Traded to San Antonio in the off-season deal that despatched Leonard to Toronto, DeRozan obtained a warmth welcome in the homecoming and accomplished with 23 components but was denied a second victory over his former group. DeRozan had his first occupation triple-double when the Spurs beat the Raptors 125-107 in Texas on Jan. 3, ending with 21 components, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Lowry and DeRozan embraced shut to center courtroom on Friday night after the final word whistle as a result of the potential crowd of 20,058 cheered.
Fans rose for a standing ovation when DeRozan and the Spurs jogged out for pregame warm-ups, and have been on their toes as soon as extra when San Antonio’s starters have been launched.
The longest, loudest cheer received right here after a tribute video that ran all through the primary timeout. With the group roaring, DeRozan acquired up from the bench and walked onto the courtroom, acknowledging the followers with plenty of waves.
“To come back here and get a reception like that is definitely humbling, beyond gratifying,” DeRozan talked about.
Pascal Siakam added 22 components to help Toronto win its seventh straight sport. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each had 17 components, Serge Ibaka had 13 components and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 components in his second sport with the Raptors. Marco Belinelli scored 21 components for San Antonio, which has misplaced 5 of six.
“It was fun, pretty fun,” Lowry talked about. “Especially because we got the win. If we lost, it would have been terrible.”