Title: DeMar DeRozan Put Together a Masterpiece Against Milwaukee
Date: January 2, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about DeMar DeRozan’s masterpiece, a franchise-record 52-point night.
DeMar DeRozan stood at the free-throw line with the Raptors up two points and six seconds left to play in overtime. One make would force the visiting Bucks to try a 3-point heave to get to a second overtime, and two would seal the game. The first dropped, and somewhere, Terrence Ross’ phone vibrated. As “M-V-P” chants surrounded him, DeRozan calmly sunk the second, securing the victory for Toronto and erasing his old friend from the top of the franchise’s record book.
It was a tremendously entertaining game, a playoff rematch that went down to the wire, that included exciting rookie OG Anunoby drawing the impossible Giannis Antetokounmpo assignment, and that put the Raptors’ new system up against one of the opponent’s it’s designed to help beat. It was going to be an important night and an informative game no matter how it went down. There are some nights, though, where a singular performance is so unquestionable, so unassailable, that the details of the game around it are sure to grow fuzzy over time. Monday was one of those.
Monday was and forever will be The DeMar DeRozan Game.