LeBron James, Chris Paul and Other NBA Stars React to DeMar DeRozan’s Record Setting Buzzer Beater for Chicago Bulls

Published 01/02/2022, 12:06 AM EST
Jan 1, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) hits a game winning three point shot over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) during the second half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Chicago Bulls are now sitting on top of the Eastern Conference table at the first seed. In their last game against the Wizards, DeMar DeRozan stunned the crowd with an incredible buzzer-beater. This was the second consecutive game in which DeRozan knocked down an insane three-pointer to seal the win at the buzzer. The shot sent a shock wave across the NBA to other stars watching this game.

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Jan 1, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) is congratulated by guard Coby White (0) after hitting a game winning three point basket against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA superstars like LeBron James and Chris Paul could not believe what they saw. Even Lonzo Ball who missed this game for the Bulls also reacted on Twitter to this incredible shot. This is how NBA players reacted to DeMar’s buzzer-beater.

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LeBron James and other NBA stars react to DeRozan’s buzzer-beater

The NBA record set from the buzzer-beater of DeMar DeRozan

According to sources, DeMar DeRozan is the only player in NBA history to shoot two consecutive game-winning buzzer-beaters in back-to-back games. This means that in the decades of NBA history that we have witnessed, it never happened before and might probably never happen again. This record could be the modern generation’s version of Oscar Robertson averaging a triple-double in a season.

We should not confuse this as an indication that the two records are equally valuable but are equally absurd and hard to believe. Maybe years from now, some superstar might repeat this. However, giving the NBA fans something they have never seen before is usually more favorable to win their support for an MVP Award.

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Just like when Westbrook was awarded the MVP the first time he repeated Oscar Robertson’s accomplishment. However, when he made it look simple and easy, the intrigue around it took a sudden dip. Therefore, does that mean we could see DeMar’s name in the MVP discussion?

What does this mean for DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls?

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The Chicago Bulls have become a force to be reckoned with this season. Since DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine have dominated the Eastern conference, they rightfully deserve a spot in the All-Star discussion. Consequently, they have consistently delivered impressive performances that have now led the Bulls to the first seed of the conference.

Jan 1, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) talks with Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Therefore, if it comes down to deciding between this duo for who deserves MVP, the voters may have a tough choice. Do you think they deserve to be in the MVP discussion? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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