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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan equals Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA scoring record – NBC Chicago

DeRozan ties Chamberlain’s NBA scoring record originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

It’s hard to know where to begin with another jaw-dropping performance from DeMar DeRozan.

But putting yourself in NBA history can’t be wrong.

By posting his sixth straight game with 35 points of 50% or better in Monday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls All-Star guard DeRozan tied Wilt Chamberlain for the longest streak in league history. NBA. Chamberlain did it twice in the 1960-61 season and again in 1963.

DeRozan shot 50, 59.3, 60, 63.6, 66.7 and 68.4 percent in that run, making 15 of his last 18 shots on Monday night and scoring 19 of his 40 points in the fourth.

“What’s so impressive is how effectively he does it,” coach Billy Donovan said. “His shooting percentages are mind-blowing.”

DeRozan, who posted a career-best seventh straight 30-point game, is aiming for the record Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings.

But maybe the Kings will throw constant double teams on DeRozan and he’ll go for assists instead, as he also did after the Spurs started trapping him down the stretch.

After scoring 13 points in the first 4 minutes of the fourth and eventually hitting his first eight shots, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich began sending double teams to DeRozan with every touch. So all DeRozan did was record a hockey assist on a Derrick Jones Jr. big field goal and two of his seven assists on a Nikola Vucevic layup and a Coby White 3-pointer.

“To be honest, I like being hot just for the simple fact that I don’t have to keep shooting. I can get attention and get other guys shooting. That’s kind of my approach to fourth quarters “, DeRozan said. “Be aggressive. Goal. Whether it’s getting to the free throw line or getting in my place, make the defense make a decision. And from there, I can distinguish them in passing.

Donovan loved passing as much as scoring.

“It’s amazing because it’s not just the scoring ability at the level that he does, it’s the IQ,” Donovan said. “He generated a lot of attacks. Obviously after a while in the last 4-5 minutes they decided to trap him and try to take the ball out of his hands. But he really doesn’t force anything He plays the right game.

“When they started trapping him, he recognized it early on. And he took the ball out. He didn’t try to dribble the double team or do things that were going to put him in a situation where he would return the ball. And I think that says even more about his greatness. The fact that, ‘OK, I’m on this incredible streak. Instead of trying to take two guys, it’s like, OK, someone else is open. Let me find the open man.

DeRozan started 1 for 6 before his final outburst. After the game, he cited short cocking or rushing or questioning those shots.

It’s the sound of a surgeon talking.

“So many things click in my head when I miss a shot,” he said. “Have I been carried enough? Was it short? Did it come out of my hands wrong? Was it my collection, my rhythm? It’s just that I understand the next move, what I have to do.

DeRozan now has the third-longest 35-point streak in franchise history behind two longest by Michael Jordan. But Jordan didn’t shoot 50% or better every game of his streak like DeRozan did.

This is a player who said he analyzed his game earlier in his career and his label as a volume shooter. In his 13th year, DeRozan is averaging a career-high 27.9 points. His 51.5% shooting is the second best of his career.

“It’s not just points. I think it’s for me the comfort of being the player that I am in my 13th year. Trust. Sensation. The teammates that I have. The organization,” he said. “I just pay attention to that. This is something that suits me well. Not just the score. I was a scorer. It’s being able to be free and still play at a high level.

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