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Raptors PG Kyle Lowry out for Kawhi Leonard’s return to Spurs game

Raptors PG Kyle Lowry out for Kawhi Leonard’s return to Spurs game

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 125-107 in Kawhi Leonard's first game against his former team.

The Raptors and Spurs will meet for one final time this year on February 22 in Toronto.

However, while Spurs fans let Leonard hear it with boos in his first return to San Antonio, his relationship with head coach Gregg Popovich seems to be far from a negative one.

Leonard said he was not surprised by the fans' reaction.

'Media does a great mind to stir people's minds and to influence them to think a certain way. "So I already knew that's how it was going to be".

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.

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"Kawhi is a high-character guy", Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News. "We all make decisions in our lives, what we are going to do with our futures, and he has that same right as any of us".

"I kind of admired his game and told him I'd been watching him and could see he's been getting better and better", Pippen said. 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 was met with "MVP" chants earlier in the game when he went to the line.

Unlike Leonard, Green was given a rousing ovation when his name was called.

The reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while Clint Capela contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds for Houston.

DeMar DeRozan took his game to new heights in his first contest against a Raptors organization he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons with. This was the first time DeRozan recorded a triple-double in his career, making it a successful game against his former squad.