DeRozan con­tin­ues to add to arse­nal

Baltimore Sun - - NBA COLLEGE BASKETBALL - AP

Af­ter watch­ing DeMar DeRozan drop more than 30 points on an op­po­nent for the eighth time in nine games this sea­son, Rap­tors coach Dwane Casey sug­gested that the game keeps slow­ing down for the NBA’s lead­ing scorer.

DeRozan, av­er­ag­ing 34.0 points af­ter scor­ing 33 in the Rap­tors’ 118-107 vic­tory over the Knicks on Satur­day night, agreed.

“Yeah, I al­ways find ways I can be bet­ter men­tally, phys­i­cally, skill-wise,” he said. “I al­ways try to find some­thing in the off­sea­son — and dur­ing the sea­son as well.”

The out­burst put DeRozan in an ex­clu­sive club. In the last 50 years, only Michael Jor­dan, World B. Free and Tiny Archibald have started a sea­son with 30-plus points in eight of the first nine games.

DeRozan was ser­e­naded with chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the Toronto crowd as he put the game out of reach with 26.8 sec­onds to go.

“We’re just go­ing to keep rid­ing that coat­tail,” point guard Kyle Lowry said. “We’re go­ing to keep let­ting him do him. We’re go­ing to rally around him and keep help­ing him be great.”

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