March 8, 2018, 12:18 amDeMar DeRozanSG, Toronto Raptors
DeMar DeRozan was simply masterful on Wednesday night, lifting the Raptors to a road victory with 42 points on 16-of-28 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
DeRozan authored the league’s highlight of the night with one of the finest plays of the season. Down one with 10.1 seconds left, he went coast-to-coast for an and-one jam over poor Anthony Tolliver. It was admittedly helped out by some horrific choices by the Detroit defense but it was just the highlight of a terrific night from DeRozan. It’s at the link below in case you haven’t seen it yet, with a bonus in the form of hype Hubie Brown. He hit a number of his signature mid-range jumpers and absolutely cooked his defender on more than one occasion. With the game tied in the closing seconds of overtime, DeRozan drove into the teeth of the defense on a play with similar beginnings but kicked it to a wide-open Fred VanVleet, who buried the game winner. The DeRozan of old would’ve forced up a tough layup through contact, and his willingness to pass to a second-year UDFA late in overtime on a night where he was getting whatever he wanted speaks volumes about his growth as a player. Oh, he also chipped in two threes, four rebounds and six dimes with just one turnover as Toronto clinched a playoff spot.
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