Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich shared a special moment after final whistle

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He arrived in Toronto with Danny Green in the off-season's blockbuster deal that sent DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the Spurs.

In a video that circulated throughout social media after the Spurs' 125-107 win over Leonard's Raptors, his mother Kim Robertson can be seen arguing with a fan who was seated in an entirely different section. "Everybody is anticipating the game".

"You've got to thrive in moments like that", DeRozan said.

DeMar was asked about a scenario in which it comes down to one possession going one-on-one against Leonard, with a chance to hit a game victor.

DeRozan finished the game with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, according to ESPN. It doesn't matter who we're playing. "That's what I hope, that's what I expect". "So I felt badly, honestly", Popovich said of the booing. "I'm sure they're going to be on Kawhi a little bit, they're going to show a lot of emotions, hopefully a lot of love to both of us".

"It's getting to the point now that it seems that every other team we have a former teammate coming in or a former coach".

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"I'm looking forward to it", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said hours before tip-off.

Instead, Leonard returns to San Antonio's AT&T Center on Thursday as a member of the Toronto Raptors for the first time since forcing his way out of a city he called home for seven seasons. "We always have in the past, so we'll see".

Even in a small sample, it's wild how the presence of Green does that much for Toronto in Kawhi-centric lineups. "And I think it'll be good for us".

The next confusing, strange, inspiring yet nearly heartbreaking chapter of this saga will be written on February 22nd, when DeRozan returns to Toronto for the first time in a non-Raptors uniform. "One of my all-time favourite point guards I ever played with, toughest competitor I ever played with, so I wish. he was able to be out there".

DeRozan is just the 13th player in Spurs history to produce a triple-double, and it marked the 43rd time that milestone had been reached in San Antonio franchise history.