While this Chicago Bulls season had arguably more highlights than the past few seasons combined, no two highlights stand out more than DeMar DeRozan’s back-to-back buzzer-beaters.
The Chicago Bulls All-Star became the first player to hit a buzzer-beater on consecutive nights, and the craziest thing is the shots *technically* came in two different years! First, on New Year’s Eve, DeRozan splashed a crazy one-legged 3-pointer to give Chicago a 108-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Watch it again because why the heck not:
Then, to ring in the New Year 24 hours later, DeRozan sank a wild corner 3 over two Washington defenders for the 120-119 win.
Just unreal stuff:
DeMar DeRozan for the three to win it for the Bulls at the buzzer (AGAIN)!
The Bulls have won seven in a row.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) January 2, 2022
Both shots surely had Bulls fans everywhere out of their seats, and I guess we can say the same thing about Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball.
Back in Chicago due to a stint on the injury report, Ball and Caruso didn’t get to celebrate on the court with their clutch teammates. Instead, Caruso said in a recent video posted by the Chicago Bulls’ social media account that both players immediately texted some “adult language” into the team’s group chat. Ball also explained that he whipped his shirt off and threw it in excitement (as one does).
The recollection of the events might be short, but it’s still worth watching:
When DeMar called game on back-to-back nights… in two different years 🤯 pic.twitter.com/H0pqoHKyKT
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 10, 2022
Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, Ball did post a celebration of the first buzzer-beater on his Instagram back in December.
Don’t worry, Lonzo Ball celebrated too.
(🎥 Zo | IG) pic.twitter.com/lsCFtUnxkK
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) December 31, 2021
DeRozan went on to say that the fact he knocked down both shots still “trips him out.” And I don’t blame the guy! As confident as he is putting the team on his back, knocking down back-to-back game-winners is normally something you can only pull off in the driveway.
What an awesome moment.