Leonard spoils DeRozan return

23 February 2019 13:39:47 EST

Kawhi Leonard continues to be a silent x-factor in the NBA and keeps showing why he is not to be forgotten on the free agent market this upcoming summer.

The former San Antonio Spurs small forward stung his former team, with the Toronto Raptors defeating the visitors from Texas 120-117 on Friday evening at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Leonard forced and snapped up a turn over from former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan and slammed it down with 15 seconds to go in the contest. The jam gave the hosts the victory and keeps the Raptors full steam ahead in the Eastern Conference.

Leonard finished with a game high 25 points while pulling down six rebounds and dishing out two assists for the contest.

The 27-year old small forward from Los Angeles, California is continuing to have a high level season and will be the main force if the Toronto Raptors can break their recent playoff troubles.

That postseason issue was one of the main reasons DeRozan was shipped out to San Antonio in the trade for Leonard.

Toronto scored 32 points in the final frame to rally down the stretch. The Raptors improve to 44-16 on the season and are only one game behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto has won eight of their last ten games. DeRozan finished with a team high 23 points while grabbing four rebounds and passing out eight assists for the game. The Spurs fall to 33-27 on the year and continue to be in the mix for a playoff place in the Western Conference.

The Raptors are 9/1 to win the NBA title this year with the Spurs 45/1 and the Golden State Warriors 5/11.

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