The San Antonio Spurs decimated the Toronto Raptors in Leonard’s return

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It might have been tough for Toronto Raptors fans to watch Thursday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs, but it couldn't have been as hard as it was for Kawhi Leonard's mom, Kim Leonard.

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. At one point, Leonard had to take a step back at the free-throw line and compose himself amid chants of "Traitor!"

For Raptors fans, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green's first game back in San Antonio didn't end up being about happy returns.

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On Thursday, Leonard visited San Antonio's AT&T Center for the first time as an opponent.

The reception didn't surprise Leonard.

"Media does a great job to stir people's minds and influence them to think a certain way", Leonard said, via TSN. "They knock it down, they make me look good, so all the credit goes to them for sure". "So, I felt badly, honestly".

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Leonard also spoke to San Antonio assistant coach Chip Engelland as well as former teammates Patty Mills, Bryn Forbes, Derrick White and Rudy Gay following Toronto's loss, according to ESPN. I kind of admired his game and told him I'd been watching him and could see he's been getting better and better. The Spurs won their 10th straight against Toronto at home.

The same thing happened during introductions, as Spurs fans gave Green a standing ovation and then ramped up the boos for Leonard.

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

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Kyle Lowry has appeared in 30 games this season for the Raptors. This was the first time DeRozan recorded a triple-double in his career, making it a successful game against his former squad.