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DeRozan has triple-double, Spurs win in Leonard's return

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs' suffocating defense, scoring runs and fans' unrelenting contempt for the opposing team's star player have often overwhelmed the opposition.

Kawhi Leonard has seen it many times in San Antonio, but the Toronto star never experienced it from the opposing bench until Thursday night. It was worse than he expected.

DeMar DeRozan 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for first career triple-double and San Antonio welcomed back Leonard with thunderous jeers in the Spurs' 125-107 victory over the Raptors.

''You've got to thrive in moments like that,'' DeRozan said. ''You've got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it's at home or on the road. It kind of fuels you, kind of gets you going. That's what made it so fun.''

It wasn't much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion.

Leonard scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but the anger the Spurs' fans showered on him seemed to impact the MVP candidate. Leonard had to take a step back at the free throw line and compose himself amid chants of ''Traitor! Traitor!'' and ''Quitter! Quitter!'' from the capacity crowd that adored him during his seven seasons in San Antonio.

The reception didn't surprise Leonard.

''No,'' Leonard said. ''Media does a great mind to stir people's minds and to influence them to think a certain way. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was.''

Fans were angry that Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for him and Danny Green.

Leonard was booed heavily from the moment he walked onto the court for warmup. The boos continued during a pregame video tribute and player introductions, whenever he touched the ball and as he walked off the court following the lopsided loss.

''I felt badly about it,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''Kawhi's a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives about what we're going to do with our futures and he has that same right as any of us. So, I felt badly, honestly.''

The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13.

''Yeah it was a different kind of game, it was more of a playoff atmosphere, but that's what we live for,'' Gay said. ''It's the NBA, you're going to have times like this, those are times you have to step up.''

The night belonged to DeRozan, though, as he became the first San Antonio player with a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003.

''I told him it was about time,'' Popovich said.

DeRozan shot 7 for 15 from the field, collecting 13 defensive rebounds and finishing with just three turnovers in 33 minutes.

DeRozan's 10th assist came on an entry to Aldridge that the Spurs center punctuated with a celebration in honor of his teammate's career milestone.

''He was in high gear tonight,'' Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. ''He was in his fast, athletic gear tonight and when he's in that gear, he's tough to handle, as we all know.''

After leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, San Antonio opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 79-51 lead.

The crowd erupted during a sequence of plays when Leonard had the ball tipped away, which led to a slam dunk by White. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of ''MVP! MVP!'' - something Leonard heard during his time in San Antonio.

''We didn't do a good job in transition, defense,'' Leonard said. ''We didn't play well at all defensively. Spurs did a great job pushing the pace and kicking out for wide-open shots.''

As the game ended, Popovich and Leonard embraced in a long hug and the Spurs coach led his former star to San Antonio's bench to greet assistant coach Ettore Messina.

TIP-INS

Raptors: The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with ''Thank you Danny and Kawhi.'' Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting. ... Lowry missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain.

Spurs: DeRozan is the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points 10 rebounds and five assists in a half since Tim Duncan in 2007. DeRozan also recorded his first double-double in a half. ... Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich's surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.

UP NEXT

Raptors: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Saturday night.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
D. DeRozan
10 SG
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
5.9 Reb. Per Game 5.9
49.9 Field Goal % 47.7
49.5 Three Point % 47.7
85.1 Free Throw % 84.1
+ 2 Delon Wright made reverse layup, assist by Lorenzo Brown 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Norman Powell 0:27
  Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Lonnie Walker IV 0:47
  Chris Boucher missed dunk 0:51
  Lorenzo Brown missed floating jump shot 0:54
+ 3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Dante Cunningham 1:27
  Delon Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:30
  Lost ball turnover on Quincy Pondexter, stolen by Delon Wright 1:33
  Shooting foul on Davis Bertans 1:43
Team Stats
Points 107 125
Field Goals 39-87 (44.8%) 47-85 (55.3%)
3-Pointers 6-30 (20.0%) 13-27 (48.1%)
Free Throws 23-29 (79.3%) 18-20 (90.0%)
Total Rebounds 45 49
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 30 36
Team 6 5
Assists 21 32
Steals 9 7
Blocks 6 0
Turnovers 10 12
Fouls 23 19
Technicals 0 1
21 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST
21 PTS, 14 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Raptors 28-12 19322432107
home team logo Spurs 22-17 38292929125
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 28-12 106.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo Spurs 22-17 103.3 PPG 45.1 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
L. Aldridge PF 21.3 PPG 9.2 RPG 2.4 APG 51.9 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 21 PTS 1 REB 5 AST
L. Aldridge PF 23 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
44.8 FG% 55.3
20.0 3PT FG% 48.1
79.3 FT% 90.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 21 1 5 8/13 0/2 5/7 2 32 2 0 3 0 1 -22 31
S. Ibaka 14 6 1 5/11 1/4 3/4 5 26 1 0 1 2 4 -23 22
F. VanVleet 12 5 2 5/11 1/6 1/1 3 27 0 0 1 1 4 -10 20
P. Siakam 10 6 7 4/8 0/2 2/2 4 27 1 1 4 0 6 -18 28
D. Green 0 4 1 0/7 0/6 0/0 3 25 0 1 0 0 4 -26 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 21 1 5 8/13 0/2 5/7 2 32 2 0 3 0 1 -22 31
S. Ibaka 14 6 1 5/11 1/4 3/4 5 26 1 0 1 2 4 -23 22
F. VanVleet 12 5 2 5/11 1/6 1/1 3 27 0 0 1 1 4 -10 20
P. Siakam 10 6 7 4/8 0/2 2/2 4 27 1 1 4 0 6 -18 28
D. Green 0 4 1 0/7 0/6 0/0 3 25 0 1 0 0 4 -26 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Wright 15 4 1 5/9 1/3 4/4 1 24 1 1 0 1 3 -6 23
N. Powell 14 3 2 5/11 1/3 3/3 2 25 2 1 0 0 3 +3 24
G. Monroe 12 6 0 4/8 0/0 4/7 2 17 1 1 0 4 2 -4 20
L. Brown 3 0 1 1/2 0/0 1/1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 +9 6
C. Boucher 3 2 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 4 0 1 0 1 1 +9 6
C. Miles 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 -3 3
O. Anunoby 0 2 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 17 0 0 1 0 2 +1 3
K. Lowry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Valanciunas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 39 21 39/87 6/30 23/29 23 234 9 6 10 9 30 -90 193
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Aldridge 23 2 5 10/14 0/0 3/3 0 30 0 0 3 0 2 +24 32
D. DeRozan 21 14 11 7/15 0/0 7/7 2 33 2 0 3 1 13 +16 56
B. Forbes 20 3 3 7/10 6/7 0/0 2 28 1 0 0 0 3 +29 30
D. White 19 0 4 8/11 2/3 1/2 2 33 1 0 0 0 0 +21 28
R. Gay 13 7 3 6/10 1/2 0/0 5 23 1 0 1 1 6 +16 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Aldridge 23 2 5 10/14 0/0 3/3 0 30 0 0 3 0 2 +24 32
D. DeRozan 21 14 11 7/15 0/0 7/7 2 33 2 0 3 1 13 +16 56
B. Forbes 20 3 3 7/10 6/7 0/0 2 28 1 0 0 0 3 +29 30
D. White 19 0 4 8/11 2/3 1/2 2 33 1 0 0 0 0 +21 28
R. Gay 13 7 3 6/10 1/2 0/0 5 23 1 0 1 1 6 +16 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. Mills 12 1 2 3/8 1/5 5/6 2 15 1 0 2 0 1 +3 16
M. Belinelli 7 2 2 2/9 1/6 2/2 1 22 0 0 0 1 1 -3 13
D. Bertans 5 4 1 2/4 1/3 0/0 2 27 1 0 0 0 4 +2 12
L. Walker IV 3 1 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 -9 4
J. Poeltl 2 7 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 4 3 +3 10
D. Cunningham 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 -9 1
Q. Pondexter 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 -3 0
C. Metu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Eubanks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 125 44 32 47/85 13/27 18/20 19 236 7 0 12 8 36 +90 228