After the Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 109-105 in the NBA Play-In Tournament, DeMar DeRozan praised his daughter Diar and her free throw “defense”. “It went viral,” DeRozan said after the game. Here’s why:
- The Raptors missed 18 of 36 free throw attempts during Wednesday’s game in Toronto.
- Whenever the Raptors went to the line, Diar could be heard screaming all over the arena.
- OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Fred VanVleet—who shot 84, 77, and 90 percent from the line, respectively, during the year—combined to go down on 14 free throws.
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“I kept hearing something during the game,” DeRozan told reporters.
“There was one free throw, someone fouled and I looked back and I was like damn, that’s my daughter screaming? He said, laughing.
DeRozan said Dillar missed school to attend a game Wednesday night in Toronto.
“I said you could miss school one day and come to a game… I’m glad I did.”
The Raptors led by 19 points (66-47) with 9:09 to go in the third quarter. The Bulls outscored the Raptors 37-24 in the fourth quarter, on their way to overcoming a 19-point deficit. Zach LaVine led the Bulls in scoring with 39 points, while DeRozan scored 23.
The Bulls will face the Miami Heat on Friday, with a chance to qualify for the NBA Playoffs, while Toronto has been eliminated from postseason competition.
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