DeMar DeRozan on Torching LeBron James and Lakers in Both Games: ”You Think It’s a Coincidence? Nah – It May Be”

Published 12/20/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Dec 30, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots around San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) in the second quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports


Chicago Bulls downed Los Angeles Lakers for the second time this season as they won 115-110 at the United Center. DeMar DeRozan received the green signal to play from NBA’s health and safety protocols and scored 38 points. LeBron James, on the other side, led the scoring charts for the Lakers with 31 points.

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DeMar DeRozan was placed in the NBA health and safety protocols two weeks ago and was cleared just in time for the Bulls vs Lakers game. In the previous game against the Lakers, DeRozan, coincidentally, scored 38 points when they won 121-103. DeRozan repeated the same numbers vs the Lakers, this time at the United Center.

Dec 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Putting up big numbers against a great side such as the Lakers shows how good DeRozan is. While the numbers from DeRozan and the result may appear coincidental, the amount of effort put behind by the team isn’t. DeRozan has also given his verdict on the team’s 2nd win over the Lakers this season.

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DeRozan feels winning against LeBron James and the Lakers twice not a coincidence

DeMar DeRozan’s two best performances of the season came against the Lakers. In both games, he scored 38, helping his team win against the Lakers. After scoring another 38 points on Sunday night, DeRozan said that it’s not a coincidence.

“You think it’s a coincidence? Nah — It may be,” DeRozan said after scoring 38 points for the 2nd time vs. the Lakers this season.

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DeRozan excelled on a night LeBron James was in form as well. James has been in top form for the last few weeks and has been carrying the Lakers single-handedly. He scored 31 points against the Bulls. Any other game and with some more support, James would have delivered a win for the Lakers.

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Los Angeles Lakers have been struggling for consistency this season. Just when they think they have everything under control, they lose their momentum and start losing. With such a monstrous roster at their helm, the Lakers have been massively underperforming this season. They face Phoenix Suns next and will be looking to bounce back from two back-to-back losses.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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