Omni (WSN)

Nov 1, 2021

The Chicago Bulls are off to their best start since 2012 (6-1), and they have DeMar DeRozan to thank for that after a 37-point performance led the Bulls back from a 19-point deficit against the Boston Celtics on Monday night. From start to finish, DeRozan couldn't miss, shooting an absurd 75 percent from the field (15-for-20), and connecting on three of his four 3-point attempts.

It was the second-straight 30-point performance for DeRozan, after putting up 32 points in a win over the Utah Jazz over the weekend. Following the win, DeRozan spoke about what type of example he was trying to set to help his team win. "I've been in a lot of games being down big on the road and seeing things happen that's possible, and that's pulling out victories," DeRozan said. "All it takes is parts of the game to really buckle down and stick together, so for me, just keeping calm and not getting rattled and sharing whatever experience I can to keep us together." At the end of the third quarter, it looked like the Celtics had this game in hand, leading 103-89 as Jaylen Brown racked up 28 points in the first three frames of action. However, DeRozan and Zach LaVine came alive in the fourth quarter, combining for 23 points and eventually overtaking the lead from Boston. A 15-foot mid-range jumper by DeRozan gave Chicago the lead for good with 5:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. Though Boston had ample opportunity to come back in the game, the Bulls played tremendous defense to stifle any chance of the Celtics coming back, holding them to just 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls silenced all of the critics today. They just might be a team who might make it to the finals.