DeMar DeRozan records first career triple-double against Raptors


San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, left, confers with coach Gregg Popovich during a timeout in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan recorded his first career triple-double Thursday night, collecting his 10th assist of the evening on a pass to LaMarcus Aldridge to go along with the 19 points and 12 rebounds he had already tallied.

Somewhat fittingly, DeRozan accomplished the feat against his former team, the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan had played 764 career games, 675 with the Raptors alone, before accomplishing the milestone.

Thursday night was a big game for DeRozan as it marked the first time in his 10-season career he ever faced the Raptors, the team that originally drafted him ninth overall in 2009.

In July last year, DeRozan was traded to the Spurs along with Raptors teammate Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. In the immediate aftermath of the trade, DeRozan expressed hurt and betrayal and made a vow to have his revenge when he eventually plays Toronto for the first time ever.

He made good on his words, finishing Thursday night with 21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and, most importantly, a big 125-107 Spurs victory.

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