As one of the elite scorers in the league, DeMar DeRozan added a couple of new badges on his chest on Monday. He hung 52 points in their 131-127 overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it could be a performance for the ages.
It had DeRozan unlocking three things in the points department: a new career-high, a new NBA-high on New Year's day, and a franchise record.
QUICK FUN FACT: DeRozan, Ross, and Carter each have a Slam Dunk title.
Terrence Ross, who was teammates with DeRozan when he tied the then-franchise record in January of 2014, made sure he had a quip for his old comrade.
The Raptors star shared the message to Jeff Lewenberg of TSN:
DeRozan said he got a bunch of texts from other players and former teammates after his 52-point game. Terrence Ross (who held the previous Raps scoring record) was one of the first he heard from. His message: "About time. It took long enough."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 2, 2018
With the way DeMar DeRozan is continually progressing as a player and co-leader of the Raptors, we could see Ross send him a bunch of messages soon.
The 25-10 Raptors are currently second in the East. They have won 14 of their last 17 games, with their All-Star two-guard averaging 25.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.5 assists on 49.2 percent shooting during that span.