DeMar DeRozan has really taken his game to the next level this year.
In the season immediately following his first stint with the US Olympic team, DeRozan is posting career totals and added another impressive performance to an already All-Star-caliber year.
On Tuesday night, DeRozan scored 31 of his season-high 41 points in the second half en route to a 16-point comeback victory over the Celtics at home.
DeRozan's 41 points and 13 rebounds was only the third performance of its kind against Boston in the last 20 years.
41 POINTS, 13 REBOUNDS— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 11, 2017
(Last 20 years)
Shaquille O'Neal, Mar. 21, 2003
Shawn Marion, Feb, 22, 2006
DeMar Derozan, Jan. 10, 2017
DeRozan was playing like a man possessed Tuesday night and the Raptors will need more performances like this out of him if they intend on competing with Cleveland for the top spot in the East.
The Raptors' next six games are against teams with a combined 75-149 record, and will only play one team (the Hornets 20-19) with a winning record.
Putting six straight W's in the win column will be crucial before playing San Antonio and Memphis on back-to-back nights.