The main headline heading into Thursday night’s contest between the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs was that Kawhi Leonard would be returning to San Antonio for the first time since the trade that occurred over the summer. Danny Green was also a part of that trade in the summer as well.
They both received a video tribute before the game. Green received cheers from the fans when his named was called in the starting lineup. Leonard received boos from the fans when his named was called in the starting lineup. After all the pregame drama, the Spurs were energetic and crushed the Raptors 125-107.
This was DeMar DeRozan’s first game against his former team and he recorded a triple-double for the first time in his career. DeRozan scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, recorded 11 assists, and recorded two steals.
All of the Spurs starters scored in double figures. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and recorded five assists. Rudy Gay scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Derrick White scored 19 points and recorded four assists. Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, grabbed three rebounds, recorded three assists, and had one steal for San Antonio.
They scored 29 bench points and Patty Mills scored 12 of them. He also recorded two assists.
Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, grabbed one rebound, recorded five assists, and had three steals for Toronto. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Kyle Lowry did not play for the Toronto Raptors because of a back injury. He was clearly missed on the floor tonight. Fred VanVleet started in his place and he scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded two assists. Pascal Siakim scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, recorded seven assists, and had one steal.
Toronto scored 50 bench points. Delon Wright scored 15 points, grabbed four rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and had one steal.
The largest lead of the game for the Toronto Raptors was just two points and the largest lead of the game for the San Antonio Spurs was 28 points. These two teams will play each other one more time this season in Toronto on Wednesday February 22.
The Toronto Raptors next game will be on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. The San Antonio Spurs next game will be at home against the Memphis Grizzles on Saturday night.