The Toronto Raptors rolled into Detroit on Wednesday night one victory shy of becoming the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff berth this season. Considering it was their second game of a back-to-back and third in four nights, the Raptors got off to a slow start and went into halftime down by 14.
However, the lead didn’t last very long in the second half as the Raptors came back to take a lead into the final quarter and that’s when DeMar DeRozan turned things up a notch and showed the basketball world just how clutch he can be.
In need of a quick basket, the four-time NBA All-Star took matters into his own hands and put the team on his back as he went end-to-end and capped it off by throwing down a vicious slam over Anthony Tolliver.
DeRozan had a monstrous night for the Raptors as he dropped a game-high 42 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds, but the most important stat of the night for the Raptors is the fact that they became the first team in the NBA this season to clinch a playoff berth.