DeMar DeRozan explains what motivated him to go on his early season scoring binge

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DeMar DeRozan currently leads all players in scoring at nearly 36 points per game to start the season, and with his 34-point explosion last night against the Heat, the shooting guard has joined Michael Jordan as the only players in the last three decades to start the year with five straight 30-point games.

Of course, the Compon-native has always been a talented scorer and is considered a threat every time he steps on the court.

His average of 23.5 points a night last season testifies as much.

But why has he taken his game to new heights so far in the 2016-17 season? What's changed for him?

Apparently, the Toronto Raptors fans can thank Sports Illustrated for the scoring outburst. When teammate Jonas Valanciunas interrupted a media scrum to remind DeRozan of his 46th place ranking in SI's player rankings, DeRozan admitted the lowball ranking fuelled him.

"That has a lot to do with it," DeRozan said on Friday.

"No. 1 in our hearts," the jovial Valanciunas quickly shot back, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

The potent backcourt of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry has played a major part in Toronto becoming a legitimate force in the east and challenging the Cavaliers.

If they want to go one better and actually oust the Cavs, DeRozan needs to keep this form going.

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