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Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan went off in the 4th quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, scoring 19 points including several down the stretch of the game. The former Raptor discussed becoming more comfortable in the final 12 minutes, why he was able to be so effective and his respect for LeBron James afterwards.
- Tyrone's in the one man zone buster.
- I'm just going to start making awful sounds when he gets into his sweet spot.
- We're in the [INAUDIBLE] last minute of tonight's game. Throws. It hits. Bulls lead.
- Coincidence at all that two of your biggest games all season were against the Lakers?
- You think it's a coincidence?
- I'm asking if it was.
- It may be. I try to clear my mind as best I can going into the fourth quarter. Kind of erase everything that happened before and just try to completely just lock in. It's just something I've been working on for the last couple of years.
Of just channeling my energy in a positive light and focus on one thing. And that's winning. I try to carry that over to the best of my abilities in the fourth quarter. I love it. Just growing up as a kid, having that imagination, trying to recreate your favorite players' moments.
For me, it's big. It's an honor to be trusted in those moments. I never take it for granted. And it's an adrenaline rush that you can't duplicate. So you try to make the most of it every time you're put in that position.
So for me, I love it. There's nothing like it. It's fun. You got to take the good with the bad. And I'm willing to take both. I mean, he knows it. I'll say it over and over, I got the utmost respect for LeBron. Arguably, you could say, I've competed against one of the all time greatest players in my generation of basketball.
And he probably worry about me driving again. I was conscious of that. And me just trying to hesi. Get him to step back. And pull up from there. He gave me an angle. The possession previously when I drove all the way. And I knew he wasn't going to let me get another driving angle.
So it's just me getting to my spot. I have a crazy routine of how I shoot when I go back to the gym at night of practicing those shots over and over and over and over and over from different angles. From different bounces. Getting to a spot. To where its a lot of times, it's not even me focusing on the defender.
Just me getting to my spot and what I work on every single night. It's a blessing to be able to share the floor with him from the playoff series to being in the Eastern Conference with them to the All Star games.
So it's definitely one of those situations that when I'm older, I could say I played against that guy. So nothing but the utmost respect for LeBron.