The Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-108 Thursday night on the back of DeMar DeRozan’s 37-point performance.
With the performance, DeRozan joined Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and James Harden on a list of the only players in NBA history to score 35+ in eight straight games.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led all Hawks scorers with 27 on 11-24 shooting.
Tristan Thompson – who just signed with the Bulls – played an effective 13 minutes, posting 11 points and six rebounds.
But the Bulls wouldn’t have been in the game without DeRozan; who Thompson called “MVP” after the game.
This season, DeRozan is averaging 28.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists on 52%/35%/86% shooting splits.
There’s no doubt about it: DeRozan is a legitimate contender for MVP – especially if the Bulls hold on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.