Say what you will about DeMar DeRozan. Just make sure to mention the historical tear he’s been on this month, too. DeRozan scored 38 points on 59.3% shooting from the field to help the Chicago Bulls outlast the Sacramento Kings, 125-118, on Wednesday. And, in doing so, DeRozan became the first player in league history to score 35 or more points on at least 50% shooting in seven consecutive games.
Wilt Chamberlain, who strung together six such games in 1960-61 and in 1963, according to ESPN Stats & Info, was the previous record-holder.
To make matters more impressive, DeRozan, who added a half dozen assists and rebounds, didn’t even attempt a free throw until late in the third quarter.
The victory marks the Bulls’ fifth in a row, which pushed them a half-game ahead of the Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Kings drew to within three points, 95-92, at the 9:32 mark of the fourth quarter. DeRozan then proceeded to score or assist on the Bulls’ next 10 points, including two of Coby White’s six triples.
DeRozan would again stifle any chance of a Kings comeback, knocking down a three after the visitors cut the lead to 109-107.
It Ain’t No Fun If The Homies Can’t…
DeMar DeRozan wasn’t the only Bull to light up the scoreboard.
Coby White poured in a season-high 31 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field and 6-for-11 from distance. White, who turned 22 years old Wednesday, added six assists (to just one turnover) and five rebounds for good measure.
Nikola Vucevic (21 points and 10 rebounds) recorded his 34th double-double of the season. Javonte Green, meanwhile, hit three triples and chipped in with 15 points.
Ayo Dosunmu (12 points) rounded out the Bulls’ cast of starters to reach double figures. He also added six rebounds, six assists, two steals, and this chase-down block…
What’s On Tap Next?
With the NBA All-Star break at hand, the Bulls (38-21) won’t return to action until Thursday, Feb. 24 when they host the Hawks. But Ayo Dosunmu, DeMar DeRozan, and (maybe) Zach LaVine will be plenty busy this weekend.
Dosunmu will play in the Rising Stars challenge Friday while DeRozan will make his fifth All-Star Game appearance Sunday.
It has yet to be determined if LaVine, who recently saw a specialist in Los Angeles about his left knee, will participate in the 3-Point Shootout Saturday or join DeRozan in the weekend’s signature event.
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