The National Basketball Association is never short of headlines. On Thursday night, San Antonio Spurs’ star DeMar DeRozan had quite the headline. In a game where most fans were more intrigued with Kawhi Leonard’s homecoming in AT&T Center, DeRozan was sure the get the last laugh.
Following the offseason trade between the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs, Leonard and DeRozan each had a flurry of emotions. Just in very different ways. Kawhi was excited for a fresh start with Toronto (even though it was not Los Angeles), whereas DeMar was blindsided by a team he called home throughout his career.
Thursday night’s game between the two teams was not much different. Kawhi Leonard hoped for a quiet, anticlimactic game. DeMar DeRozan was out for revenge. San Antonio put their foot on the gas from the opening tip, and never looked back. DeRozan led the Spurs to a 125-107 victory, in a matchup that never felt as close as the score indicates. DeMar DeRozan was able to draw blood against his former team in his first career triple-double. He finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Such a feat in such an emotional game is a storyline one would only imagine in a Hollywood movie.
In 40 games this season, DeRozan is averaging 22.6 points per game on just shy of 48% from the field, both higher than his career averages. The season began relatively shaky for a franchise with so much stability throughout the past couple of decades. The San Antonio Spurs found themselves looking up in the standings as they neared the bottom. However, DeRozan has the Spurs cooking as they continue to make up ground. The Spurs have now won four straight games and have won eight of their last ten games. DeMar DeRozan was unhappily forced out of Toronto, but the star guard is not stopping him from impressing in his new chapter out West.