DeMar DeRozan After Scoring Just 5 Points: ‘I’ll Give You $100’ If You Can Stop LeBron James

Bryan Brandom
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Through the competitive portion of his Toronto Raptors' Game 2 matchup with LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan mustered just one point.

And even that one he didn't necessarily earn.

DeRozan was guarded mostly by J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, and almost every time he received a screen, he was double-teamed hard and challenged to find open teammates.

It worked.

Through three quarters, the three-time All-Star was 0-of-9 from the field, and his lone point came at the free-throw line after a technical foul on the Cavs. Once in the fourth, with the game already out of reach, he finally connected on his first two field goals in the 125-103 defeat. DeRozan finished the night with five points, three rebounds, and three assists, shooting 2-of-11 in 31 minutes to continue his career-long playoff woes.

On the other end, LeBron exceeded the 30-point mark for the fifth time in six playoff games this postseason, scoring 39 points on a scorching 10-of-14 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks.

"It sucks. It sucks," DeRozan said of going down by two games in such a fashion. "To lose like we did and play like I did sucks. It's frustrating. Now just have the idle time of having to wait until Friday night [Game 3] to redeem yourself."

He then resorted to bribery in an effort to slow James down.

"If you can find somebody to stop LeBron in these moments," DeRozan said, "I'll give you $100."

With his performance, James passed Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second all time in career points scored in the playoffs. He now trails Michael Jordan for first on the list by 210 points.

"You hear a name like Kareem, a guy who's done so many great things, not only as an individual but as a teammate," James said. "Winning championships in the '80s and things of that nature and how many points he's put up. He's somebody you read about. I didn't get an opportunity to actually watch him play growing up, but I just read about his accomplishments and things he was able to do, so, it's pretty cool."

 

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