Kawhi Leonard loses his cool, picks up first regular season technical foul of his career

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4896/" data-ylk="slk:Kawhi Leonard">Kawhi Leonard</a> had played 421 regular season games in his career without picking up a technical. (AP Photo)
Kawhi Leonard had played 421 regular season games in his career without picking up a technical. (AP Photo)

A basketball rarity like few others was witnessed Sunday night in Toronto: Kawhi Leonard became visibly upset.

After losing the ball during a drive to the basket that very much looked like it could have drawn a defensive foul, the Toronto Raptors star was less than happy with the game’s officials. Leonard went as far to yell, “He grabbed my arm!” at the refs after the play.

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Leonard was hit with a technical foul for his protest, the first of his seven-year career in the regular season. We use that “regular season” qualifier because he was hit with a tech during the 2012 NBA playoffs after a light tussle with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Caron Butler.

Getting a technical foul didn’t seem to affect Leonard too much for the rest of the game, as the forward finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 125-115 win over the Heat to keep Toronto in the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

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