If it's been a whirlwind few days for those directly involved in Wednesday's blockbuster trade for Rudy Gay. It's been an emotional time for those left behind, too.

"Man, it's been tough," DeRozan said Friday morning, about 10 hours before the new-look Raptors clobbered the Los Angeles Clippers 98-73 in as good a debut for a changed team as could have been imagined.

But as tough at is it was for DeRozan, there were moments Friday that will make his transition a lot easier.

Twice in the first half, DeRozan found Gay for lob passes that ended in dunks, energizing a sellout crowd at the Air Canada that was in a celebratory mood all night.

And when Gay hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to put Toronto up an astonishing 72-45 after three quarters, the arena exploded.