DeMar DeRozan Made Raptors History
Not only did DeMar DeRozan join Bradley Beal, James Harden, and LeBron James as the only players to score 50 points or more this year, DeRozan also made Toronto Raptors history in the process.
Last night, the Raptors needed all of DeRozan’s record-breaking 52 points in Toronto’s 131-127 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The previous team record was held by Vince Carter and Terrence Ross.
DeRozan has remarkably efficient as well on his way into the team record books. He went 17-of-29 (58.6%) from the floor and made five of the nine three-point attempts (55.6%). He also made all 13 of the free throws he attempted. In fact, according to Basketball-Reference, his percentages were so good that no other player in NBA history had ever eclipsed the 50 point mark on those numbers until DeRozan.
He lead the way with a 21-point first quarter and chipped in with 15 clutch points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter and in overtime. The cherry on top was, of course, the win, pushing the Raptors’ record to 25-10 and second place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings.