DeMar DeRozan Swishes Buzzer-Beater to Beat the Orlando Magic (VIDEO)
DeRozan has ice in his veins.
The Toronto Raptors escaped Orlando with a tough, last-second victory last night. DeMar DeRozan rained in a fadeaway as time expired. Per the Orlando Sentinel and AP: “I just think the basketball gods are against us right now,’ J.J. Redick said. ‘They’re turning their backs on us, and we need to get back in their good graces.’ DeRozan, sprinting to his left, caught a pass from Jose Calderon at the top of the key with 3.0 seconds remaining. He dribbled toward the left sideline, with Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo chasing him. DeRozan released the ball on the run as Davis held his left hand in DeRozan’s face, and DeRozan nearly fell into the Magic’s bench as his high-arcing shot went in. ‘A part of basketball,’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ‘Great shot.’ [...] DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points, followed by Amir Johnson’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was Johnson’s sixth double-double of the season. The sweep was the Raptors’ first over Orlando since 2006-07. ‘The coaches drew up a good play,’ said DeRozan, who scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, missing just one of his eight shots in the final 12 minutes. ‘I just tried to get to my shot. Usually we run it going to my right, but that was the first time we ran it going to my left. I knew if I got a good shot off, I had a chance at it going in.’”