Tomas Karageorgos | Report
DeMar DeRozan got the best of his old team on Thursday night as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors, 125-107.
Spurs fans gave very different ovations to former players Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard during player introductions after a tribute video was shown.
Leonard was booed every time he touched the ball, but led Raptors scorers with 21 points. Danny Green was cold, going 0-7 from the field, as he ended up with zero points.
Serge Ibaka had 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. The Raptors bench provided some aid, but was not enough. Delon Wright had 15, Norman Powell had 14, and Greg Monroe had 12 points and six boards. Monroe would have been a more favourable match-up against LaMarcus Aldridge.
DeMar DeRozan had a lot of firsts as a Toronto Raptor, but he recorded a very important achievement against his former team; a triple-double. DeRozan scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and provided 11 assists.
DeRozan is not the only former Raptor that the Spurs have. They also have Jakob Poeltl, who was sent to San Antonio with DeRozan, Rudy Gay who spent half a season with Toronto, and was traded to the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 offseason in a deal that saw the Raptors make their first playoff appearance since the 2001-2002 season. San Antonio also has Marco Belinelli, who spent the 2009-2010 season with the Raptors.
Poeltl had a bucket and seven rebounds, Gay scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Belinelli scored seven.
DeRozan showed no mercy early on, recording a double-double in the first half and throwing down a powerful dunk in the process.
Kyle Lowry did not play on Thursday, but was active on the bench, and joking around with DeRozan. Kawhi Leonard seemed to be unimpressed with the interaction between the two.
Spurs fans were not pleased with the way Leonard ended his tenure in San Antonio, and let him hear it while he was at the free throw line.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich embraced Leonard after the game, and said in his post-game interview that he was not a fan of what the fans chanted towards Kawhi.
DeRozan and the Spurs come to Toronto on February 22.
The Raptors next game is against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are first in the Eastern Conference. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. at Fiserv Forum.
Featured image from TheScore.