DeMar DeRozan set a Toronto Raptors single-game franchise record Monday when he put up 52 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, but the three-time all-star isn’t resting on his laurels with an intimidating January schedule on the horizon.
The Raptors, winners of 14 of their past 17 games, currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference but DeRozan and company host Miami, Cleveland, Golden State, Detroit and San Antonio all within the next 18 days.
“You understand every game from here on out is extremely important no matter who we’re playing against, so we definitely gotta treat it like that,” DeRozan told Arash Madani and John Shannon on Prime Time Sports Tuesday.
The Raptors are 14-1 at Air Canada Centre this season, the best home record in the NBA. It isn’t something DeRozan takes for granted and knows his team’s reputation as an elite home squad will be put to the test this month.
“It means everything for us,” he said. “The last couple years we’ve gained that reputation of being a great home team. … Every great team always takes care of business at home and that just shows our maturity and understanding that once we’re at home we have to take [advantage].”
DeRozan is currently tied for eighth in league scoring, averaging 24.9 points per game, but at home his 27.5 points per game ranks fifth behind only James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.