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Jonas Valanciunas pulls off a familiar videobomb for Fred VanVleet

Jonas Valanciunas, Fred VanVleet

After DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-best 52 points against the Milwaukee Bucks in their first game of 2018, Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas approached the man of the night and posed behind him holding a white sheet of paper that said “52” adding a smile and a thumb up. The moment was hilarious, as everyone in the room laughed at the comedy genius inside Valaciunas.

This gesture makes an allusion to Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point game, the NBA record for most points scored in a single contest. After the game, Chamberlain posed with a sheet of paper with a 100 written on it. It is one of the most iconic images in NBA history.

With starting point guard Kyle Lowry sidelined last night with an injury, other players had an opportunity to shine. During the Raptors’ monster 133-99 blowout over the Cleveland Cavaliers, second-year point guard Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, adding four assists, four rebounds, and a steal while only missing three of the 11 shots he took. How did Valanciunas celebrate VanVleet’s new feat? He used the same paper sheet when he posed with DeRozan, but crossed out the five and wrote a two to its right. He then gave the page to VanVleet, who could not help but laugh it off and thank Valanciunas.

It is safe to assume that JV is Earth-friendly. Given his recycling traits, maybe he would be an ecologist if he had not pursued a basketball career. Valanciunas might be one of the funniest players in the whole league.