Wednesday, February 21

DeRozan scores 40 as Bulls rally past Spurs 120-109

CHICAGO (AP) — Taking a deeper look at quite possibly the best stretch of his career, DeMar DeRozan described a conversation he had with boxer Floyd Mayweather a few years ago.

DeRozan said Mayweather told him he used the first couple rounds of a fight to learn more about his opponent.

“I’m not (a) knockout puncher. I want to wear you down because I know I can go the length,” DeRozan said, “however long I need to go.”

No kidding.

DeRozan scored 19 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-109 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

It was DeRozan’s seventh consecutive game with at least 30 points, extending his career high. The All-Star is the first player with such a streak for the Bulls since Michael Jordan during the 1996-97 season.

DeRozan leads the NBA with 431 fourth-quarter points.

“It’s not only the scoring piece, which is absolutely incredible what he does, the other piece of it is just his basketball IQ, his experience, how savvy he is,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

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