Saturday night, the Chicago Bulls entered the night going into their fifth game in seven days — and it showed. They looked tired for much of the game, and with five minutes left they were down by 10.
Then, as they do most nights, the Bulls played closing basketball, taking a lead late in the game. The Bulls led by one when Washington Wizards big man Kyle Kuzma hit a dagger from deep, putting the Wizards up by two.
For a moment, let’s recall what happened just the night before. The Bulls were down to the Indiana Pacers and, in dramatic fashion, DeMar DeRozan hit a game-winning three off one foot.
Back to Washington. Folks, he did it again. DeRozan also made history with this unbelievable shot.
Per Basketball Reference, DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to hit a buzzer beater in back-to-back days.
Not even Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James have accomplished such feats. This is rare history being made by a guy who was once labeled as the “worst offseason move” by so-called “experts,” just a few short months ago.
These two back-to-back buzzer beaters have proven that, not only is DeRozan proving that hilarious notion wrong, but he’s done the exact opposite. There was no more important signing over last offseason than DeRozan coming to Chicago.
It’s not even close.
What DeRozan has meant to the Bulls is second to none. This is a team that many predicted to improve upon last year, but maybe marginally. Instead, the Bulls are now in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
They wouldn’t be here without DeRozan making NBA history, either.
You know, offseason chatter is one thing. It’s nice to hear things like DeRozan saying he’s feeling the best he’s ever felt over his lengthy career. It’s even heart-warming to see a hot start, early on in the season.
But, we’re over a third of the way through this season and the Bulls, at 24-10, have won seven straight and look like the best team in the East. DeRozan has led them for most of the way, but everyone on this team has stepped up in different ways thus far.
The Bulls have been short-handed, like a lot of teams this year. They’ve recently been playing without Alex Caruso, who has been a meaningful addition as well.
It seems no matter what type of adversity this Bulls team faces, it’s DeRozan who has pulled them back together and kept this thing going when he’s been on the court. History made, people. History. Made.