2) Down to the wire
On a night like Friday, on an occasion where the game lived up to expectations, there was only one fitting way for it to end. It had to come down to Leonard versus DeRozan, with a little bit of the latter’s best friend thrown into the mix.
With less than 30 seconds remaining, the Spurs had a precious one-point lead and DeRozan had the ball in his hand. However, thanks to a double-team by Leonard and Lowry near midcourt, the former Raptors’ star was forced into a turnover.
To make matters worse, DeRozan then had to watch the man who replaced him dunk home and give Toronto their own one-point lead, with just 15.1 seconds remaining. The Spurs had one final chance to win the game, but Davis Bertans missed his shot and the Raptors iced the game at the charity stripe.
Afterwards, DeRozan — in keeping with his personality — made no excuses for turning the rock over at such a crucial point. As per the Associated Press, he said:
"“I knew they were going to be aggressive, trying to make a play on the ball and then foul. I’ve just got to be more aware.”"
DeRozan says he’s finally gotten over the shock of being traded and is now happy in San Antonio. However, after all the emotion of the evening, you know this loss has to hurt.