DeMar DeRozan is in one right now.
On Friday, the four-time All-Star surprised the Pacers with a one-legged triple when time expired to win the game. He did it again 24 hours later, this time with a triple game winner on the buzzer to defeat the Wizards.
DeRozan’s winning game against the Wizards wasn’t on one leg, but it wasn’t exactly easy.
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DeRozan made some history in the process, becoming the first player in NBA history to hit a buzzer to win a game on consecutive days.
“The simple act of ringing a doorbell in general is amazing, especially when you do it on the road,” DeRozan said afterward. “I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m dreaming. If it’s real right now.”
According to Stathead, DeRozan has hit eight career shots to tie or take the lead in the final 10 seconds of a regular season win. (He’s hit a few more potential winners which, unfortunately for him, didn’t end in a win.)
Here are the other six times DeRozan rang the bell.
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DeMar DeRozan’s career winning shots
Raptors vs. Magic (January 24, 2013)
“The coaches made a good play,” DeRozan said. “I just tried to get to my shot. Usually we ran it to my right, but that was the first time we did it to my left.
“He knew if he had a good shot, he had a chance to get in.”
Raptors vs. Knicks (February 27, 2017)
“There was a sense of urgency,” DeRozan said. “You never want to lose. When you get really depressed like that, you want to pick it up and fight a lot harder. It’s bad to be so depressed, but it just shows you the fight we have.”
Raptors vs. Pistons (March 7, 2018)
The game was decided in overtime, with Fred VanVleet landing a winning jumper in overtime that was set by DeRozan.
Spurs vs. Wizards (October 26, 2019)
“I tell him all the time, I need you to take over at all times, not just when we really need it,” Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said. “But he did his thing tonight. Neither of us was shocked or shocked. That’s DeMar to you.”
Spurs vs Suns (December 14, 2019)
DeRozan tied the game at 119 with an acrobatic layup, but it was Patty Mills who hit the game-winner for the Spurs.
Spurs vs. Mavericks (April 11, 2023)
“DeMar is our scorer,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s taken a lot of responsibility all year long. He’s got guts. He misses some of them. He does some of them, like everyone throughout the centuries. He just goes back and does it again.”