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DeMar DeRozan explodes for 40 points in 3 quarters against the Pistons

DeMar DeRozan had an explosive season-opener against the Detroit Pistons, dropping 40 points in three quarters during Wednesday night’s 109-91 win.

The Toronto Raptors swingman was especially aggressive after the break, scoring 21 of his 40 points in the third quarter — one short of his teammate Kyle Lowry‘s team record 22 in a period.

DeRozan also broke Vince Carter‘s Toronto opening night record of 39 points, which he scored back in 2003 against the New Jersey Nets.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was locked-in, making a career-high 17 field goals on 27 shot attempts, while hitting all six of his attempts from the free-throw line. He showed reckless abandon going to the rim and finishing high-difficulty plays in traffic.

The USC product had his patented mid-range jumper going all night long, carving up the Pistons defense at will.

Center Jonas Valanciunas also shined during the Raptors win, posting a career-high 32 points along with 11 rebounds in the effort.

DeMar DeRozan got a short run in the fourth quarter, only attempting two shots in a four-minute stint before heading back to the bench. He has now scored 100 points in his last three games, dating back to the preseason.

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