DeRozan records 1st career triple-double in blowout of Raptors

DeMar DeRozan Gregg Popovich

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard's mother was in attendance for her son's game against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night - the first time he's played there since he reportedly forced his way out of the Texas team.

The Raptors are 28-11 and a half-game behind Milwaukee for first in the league, while the Spurs are 21-17 and eighth in a jam-packed Western Conference.

The 27-year-old Leonard was booed by Spurs' fans throughout the game and they chanted "traitor" at him while he was shooting a free throw.

Leonard helped lead the Spurs to an National Basketball Association championship in 2014 while being named Finals MVP, but played just nine games last season with some rather mysterious injury issues, leading many to believe he, in some way, "quit" on the team. That has changed over the last month as San Antonio has won 10 of its last 13 games, including contests against playoff teams such as Denver, Boston, Philadelphia and the L.A. Clippers, so this is very much looking like a must-see event again.

"It's going to be fun", Leonard said.

And that might be the best thing to come of the night. It doesn't matter who we're playing.

"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back", Spurs guard Patty Mills said.

"Kawhi is a high-character guy", Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News.

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But any thought that San Antonio Spurs fans might treat Leonard to even a mixed reaction were quickly dashed.

Spurs fans did cheer Green enthusiastically when he was introduced.

"I feel good except for losing the game". "I wasn't on the end kind of how (DeRozan's trade) went down".

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

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. "I just try to keep moving and get better on what we are doing", added Leonard.

"I think he has something to prove all year, not just there", Green said.

"Obviously, it's a team we both used to play for so I'm sure he's going to want to do well, especially there".

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