Before the season began, DeMar DeRozan called his tenure with the Chicago Bulls “The best part of his career.” But even he couldn’t foreshadow how well he has played this season for the Bulls, particularly in crunch time by leading the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring. For the last two games, DeRozan has displayed his talents in spectacular fashion.
DeMar DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to knock down game-winning 3 point buzzer-beaters in consecutive games. The first buzzer-beater was on Friday after shaking off a rough shooting night to nail a fadeaway three-pointer off the wrong foot as time expired.
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In their following game Saturday against the Wizards, DeRozan responded to a late triple from Kyle Kuzma with his second consecutive buzzer-beater, leading to the Bulls escaping Capital One Arena with a 120-119 win, extending their win-streak to seven games.
FOR THE WIN.
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“Just to hit a buzzer-beater, in general, is amazing, especially when you do it on the road,” DeRozan said postgame via ESPN. “I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m dreaming. If it’s real right now.”
“It’s just an honor to be trusted in the fourth quarter. Whether things are going good or going bad, my team, teammates always leaned on me to be that calm presence to bring us home. I always bring that calm presence as much as I can in the fourth quarter, letting guys understand, as long we got time we got a chance.”
DeRozan has a chance to extend this streak of buzzer-beaters against the Orlando Magic on Monday.