Leonard scores 25 points, Raptors beat DeRozan, Spurs

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 23, 2019 11:20 AM
Leonard scores 25 points, Raptors beat DeRozan, Spurs
FILE PHOTO: TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and scored 25 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat his former San Antonio Spurs teammates 120-117 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), spoiling DeMar DeRozan return.

Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan at midcourt and raced in alone for a one-handed slam.

Traded to San Antonio in the offseason deal that sent Leonard to Toronto, DeRozan received a warm welcome in the homecoming, but was denied a second victory over his former team. He finished with 23 points.

Lowry and DeRozan embraced near center court following the final whistle as the sellout crowd of 20,058 cheered in approval.

Pascal Siakam added 22 points to help Toronto win its seventh straight game. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green each had 17, Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin had 11 points in his second game with the Raptors.

Marco Belinelli scored 21 points for San Antonio, Davis Bertans had 16, and Rudy Gay added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Spurs have lost 5-of-6.

The Raptors took a 101-100 lead on Lin's jumper with 6:52 to go — part of a 9-0 run.

San Antonio overcame a six-point deficit, reclaiming the lead on Bertans' two free throws with 1:36 left — the first of four lead changes in the final 1:36. Bertans missed a potential go-ahead basket with less than three seconds left, and Lowry sealed victory by grabbing the rebound.


Spurs: DeRozan also had eight assists. He had his first career triple-double when the Spurs routed the Raptors 125-107 in Texas on Jan. 3 (Jan. 4, PHL time), finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. ... G Derrick White returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous five games because of a sore right heel. ... C Jakob Poeltl, who was traded along with DeRozan, got a nice cheer when he entered the game late in the first.

Raptors: Raptors coach Nick Nurse was ejected after picking up a pair of technical fouls for arguing a blocking call against Danny Green in the third. ... Leonard shot 2-for-12 in the first half and Toronto was 5-of-30 on two-point attempts in the opening two quarters. ... G Jodie Meeks dressed but did not play in his first game since signing a 10-day contract Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).


Spurs: At New York on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

Raptors: Host Orlando on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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