DeMar DeRozan’s buzzer beater against the Indiana Pacers on New Year’s Eve was already controversial, but with the second beater in a row, the 32-year-old guard got a little smoother in the US.
When Chicago owed the Wizards two points from the finish, no one in the Bulls doubted that the ball should go to DeRozan as soon as possible. Washington did well on paper by cornering the star Chicago player, but even that wasn’t a problem.
DeRozan is the first player to be able to empty his bag with the bat for two days in a row. Larry Bird also did it at Celtics 2 games in a row in 1985, but then there was a day of rest in between.
“I can’t tell if I was dreaming or if it was real,” DeRozan said after the match. “I am not afraid to receive the ball in the important moments. I am ready.”
With his strong showing for the Bulls – he finished the evening with 28 points – DeRozan is now suddenly a candidate for the MVP Cup this season, although Steph Curry still appears to be the frontrunner for that award. In any case, Chicago does a good job of ranking. It leads more strongly in the east.
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