SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan listened to coach Gregg Popovich in the ear on Sunday night as he made a lazy approach to perfection as he led the San Antonio Spurs past the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118.
DeRozan said he preached the mantra of "no guilt" when it comes to shooting basketball.
"I've listened to him," DeRozan said.
That made itself felt after the break when DeRozan shook off After a shaky 3-of-12 result, 18 of San Antonio's last 20 points are scored to finish the third quarter. DeRozan's outburst included 15 straight points, marking the fourth time in his career that he had meddled 15 or more points in a row, and the first time since 201
DeMar DeRozan had a season high of 36 points and the San Antonio Spurs defeated a big game by Damian Lillard, who recovered from two lossy losses and defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 131-118 on Sunday night.
The brilliant performance covered half of DeRozan's team-high 36 points in the night, which set a high season for the veteran.
"That's why he's been an all-star for so long," said Popovich. If you have a bad track, you know the percentage is probably yours, he's been in the business for a long time, he's very confident and he knows what he can do, it will not bother him if he missed it A few shots The scorers should have no conscience. "
On Sunday, DeRozan's fondness for seeing him unconscious at critical moments.
"When games are at stake, he can take control" Spurs Point Guard Patty Mills said. "He has done this all his career, he has done it for us several times this season and tonight he has done it again for us, just to get to know time and score and situation and to feel the impulse that tries to reverse And then going into his aggressive mode, but at the same time being able to be a willing passerby in these times and involve all of them. "
DeRozan hit a 16-foot line to start the game, and missed his next five punches as LaMarcus Aldridge, who ended up with 29 points, most of which burdened the Spurs with his 16 points in the first half.
Gregg Popovich talks about DeMar DeRozan's weird skills Shake off slow starts and take shots.
"In this game we said they have two All-NBA players and everyone else shoots the 3. That's sort of," said Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts. "LaMarcus played like an all-NBA player, and DeRozan played like an all-NBA player."
With the Spurs starting the second half at 62-55, DeRozan came out and missed his first three shots. When DeRozan missed his third try, San Antonio held a 1-point advantage. When DeRozan finally hooked up to his first bucket, which he made possible with a steal and transition layup, Portland had gained a 81:79 lead.
At the end of DeRozan's outbreak in the third quarter, San Antonio had re-conquered the lead 97-90. DeRozan finished 7/12 with 4/4 rebounds and 3 assists 4/4.
DeRozan scored another eight points in close-out mode in the third quarter to 3 of 4. 6 Shooting.
"I was just trying to be aggressive," DeRozan said. "I remember looking up at the clock, it was six minutes before the clock, and I knew I'd be out soon, so I was just like," Just let me put some energy into this neighborhood, " so that I can feel good when I sat down. "
San Antonio's 131 points were a season high for the regular team. DeRozan now has six games with 30 or more points, and so far only seven players in the NBA have more players.
"He has a knack for coming to the line and finding his rhythm, and he's never there," said Aldridge, who finished 29 points and eight rebounds. "So I was impressed, it does not matter what it looks like, he always finds a way."