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Lowry got up and gave his son a kiss on the cheek, then returned to the court.

Frenchman Rudy Gobert finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, one of a half-dozen players who finished in double figures for Utah, who improved to 27-12 on the season.

In the time it took the Toronto Raptors to finishing hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the floor of Oracle Arena, DeMar DeRozan had sent each one a congratulatory text.

Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell were slated to start for the Toronto Raptors on Sunday against the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

DeRozan and Lowry have often said their friendship is bigger than basketball, and they've remained close since DeRozan's departure. Derrick White scored 13 points for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11.

DeRozan led the way for the Spurs with 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a win that surely brought him no small amount of satisfaction.

"It will always be unusual", DeRozan said.

"It is unbelievable to get so much recognition", said DeRozan.

DeRozan averaged 29.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, as the Spurs went 3-1 during the week.

Siakam broke the tie by finishing the second of two free throws with a 41-second lead, but Marco Belinelli responded with a 3 for the Spurs, scoring 103-101 with 28 seconds. But although the Raptors' shooting pulled them back into things late, Siakam ultimately couldn't lead them to the win, missing on two looks late. DeRozan was also fouled on the play. He scored a game-high 25 points in the win. Fans were delighted with a standing ovation when DeRozan was honored with a tribute video during a first-quarter timeout as part of the ongoing Toronto anniversary. It's just going to take a little bit, I'm sure.

Spurs: Playing in Toronto as a visitor for only the second time, DeRozan received loud applause when he was introduced before the game. It seems like the older he gets the better he still gets.

The Raptors head to Oklahoma City on Wednesday then return home to host Washington on Friday.



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