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Kawhi Leonard's return to Toronto sets Raptors' TV viewership record in Canada

Quite a few people tuned in to watch Kawhi Leonard's highly anticipated return to Toronto this week.

According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, nearly 3.2 million unique viewers watched all or part of Wednesday's game between the Raptors and LA Clippers, making it the most-watched regular-season NBA game ever in Canada.

The previous record was set on the opening night of this season when the Raptors received their championship rings before taking on the New Orleans Pelicans, a game they won in overtime behind a 34-point, 18-rebound double-double from Pascal Siakam.

With millions of fans watching, Leonard received his championship ring for last season's historic title run in his return to Toronto. Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said after the game that the ceremony meant a lot to Leonard and what the Raptors did was "the best that I've seen since I've been in the league."

Leonard went on to lead the Clippers to victory over his former team, scoring a team-high 23 points and dishing out six assists. Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell combined for 46 points, but the Raptors shot only 35.2 percent from the field as a team in the 112-92 loss.

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Wednesday's game was also broadcasted in America on ESPN. It was the second of 11 Raptors games that will be broadcasted on either ESPN or TNT this season, the next one coming on Christmas Day when the Raptors host the Boston Celtics.

Lewenberg added that the most-watched NBA game ever in Canada - playoffs included - was Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. A grand total of 15.9 million unique viewers tuned in to watch the Raptors win their first-ever NBA championship.

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