Kawhi Leonard’s Battle vs Former Team Raptors Was Overshadowed by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ Public Display of Love

Published 05/11/2022, 6:30 PM EDT

Thanks to the insane popularity of the league, the NBA has millions of fans all around the world. Safe to say, this includes celebrities as well. The internet went into a frenzy during one such appearance by a celebrity couple while Kawhi Leonard showed his magic on the court.

Two of the most famous singers in the world, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, attended a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

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They made headlines worldwide when they publicly displayed their love for each other. Moreover, this made all the headlines, beating the news of Kawhi playing against his former team for the first time.

Kawhi Leonard beaten to the headlines by a celebrity couple

When the Los Angeles Clippers faced the Toronto Raptors back in 2019, there was more than one winner. While Kawhi Leonard got one up over his former team, celebrity singer Shawn Mendes won the battle of headlines.

He has been a long-time fan of the Raptors and has attended their games in the past. Moreover, on this occasion, he decided to attend the game with Camila Cabello.

Rumors about the two dating each other did the rounds of the internet for quite a long time and they let loose during the NBA game. Despite the cameras and the millions of eyes fixated on them, Shawn and Camila displayed their love publicly.

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While the two won the courtside battle, Kawhi Leonard led the win against his former team on the court. The Clippers defeated the Raptors with a scoreline of 98-88.

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Moreover, this was Leonard’s first game against his former team, the Toronto Raptors. Although he struggled with his shooting, Kawhi almost recorded a triple-double. He finished the night with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists and also recorded 9 turnovers! (Source: ESPN)

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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during warm up prior to the Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on March 1, 2019, in Toronto, Canada (Toronto Raptors win 119-117) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For the uninitiated, Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to a historic NBA title over the Golden State Warriors the season before. In the finals, he averaged 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists to win his second finals MVP award.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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