DeMar Derozan led the winners, with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his first game against his former team.
It didn't seem to surprise Leonard.
"Media does a great job to stir people's minds and influence them to think a certain way", Leonard said, via TSN.
In a video that's been gaining popularity on Twitter, a woman believed to be Leonard's mother can be seen yelling at an obnoxious Spurs fan in the section next to her's within the venue. However, it sure seemed like he completely quit on the team previous year because he wanted out. Following the matchup in which Leonard struggled and the Spurs were able to come away with a convincing 125-107 victory, Popovich wasn't happy about the reception his former star player received. Perhaps he feels that the media did not cover that angle enough.
Kevin Durant's long 3-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what will go down as one of the best games this regular season - a rematch of the seven-game Western Conference finals won by two-time defending champion Golden State.
"Kawhi is a high-character guy", Popovich said, via the San Antonio Express-News.
It wasn't much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka.
The reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while Clint Capela contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds for Houston. Lowry missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain. He's just the fifth player in National Basketball Association history to post a triple-double in his first game against a former team.