The Toronto Raptors continued their franchise-best season as they notched their 54th win of the campaign at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.
The New York Knicks were powerless to stop the Raptors moving to their 54th victory of the year as the game finished 89-93. There was also a special moment for DeMar DeRozan as he ended the night with 27 points.
As the shooting guard pulled up at the right of the key to nail a jump shot off a Jonas Valancieunas assist, the Raptors' longest current serving player moved past a former franchise superstar in their all-time scoring charts.
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The 26-year-old took his tally to 22 for the night and moved ahead of Vince Carter. Only Chris Bosh stands in the way of DeRozan becoming the Raptors' highest ever scorer. Carter, who spent six years in Toronto, left Canada in 2004 having amassed a total of 9,420 points.
DeRozan's tally in the Big Apple took his career total in the famous red, black and white to 9,426, leaving him just 849 points behind Toronto's all-time leader Chris Bosh.
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It has been another strong season for the shooting guard, who is producing some career-best numbers and has formed one of the most lethal backcourt duos in the NBA right now with Kyle Lowry.
During his 77 games for the Raptors this season, DeRozan has averaged 23.6 points per night - the highest output per game throughout his career. He is tied for a career-high in assists, providing four dimes per 36 minutes on the hardwood for his teammates.
The Compton native is also shooting the highest field goal percentage since his sophomore year at the Air Canada Centre.
DeRozan has been a part of the furniture in Toronto since he was drafted with the ninth pick in 2009. One more season in the city north of the border would surely take him past the 10,275 mark of Bosh.
Approaching free agency in the summer, there are a lot of options for the guard, but playing himself into Toronto history could be the deciding factor behind his future in Hogtown. He is likely to opt out of the player option in his current deal and look for a max contract. Whether that be in Canada or not, that is still undecided.
Having produced their best regular season in franchise history, the Raptors are a serious threat in the Eastern Conference.
With two games remaining, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have not wrapped up the number one seed. With Toronto two games back and boasting the better record in the tiebreak, LeBron James and co. cannot afford to slip up.
However, despite the improvement, there are still concerns over their form in the postseason. The Raptors have faltered a number of times in the first round. DeRozan and his teammates have to prove they have what it takes to go the distance.