The Bulls needed a big performance to save their game against the Lakers, and DeMar DeRozan was ready to answer the call. With the Lakers holding an 86-83, DeRozan turned it on and dropped 19 points in the fourth quarter.

The big win inspired Bulls fans to make MVP chants at the end of the game, and he’s certainly looking good after a two-week layoff due to health and safety protocols. 

His performance today was a carbon copy of the last time he played against the Lakers, his hometown team. He dropped the same number of points and assists in both games (38 and 6), and helped the Bulls sweep the season series.

DeRozan helped the Bulls snap a two-game losing streak, and the Bulls sit second in the Eastern Conference with an 18-10 record. With Covid-19 running rampant in the league, fans and management in Chicago will be happy to get one of their best players back. Zach LaVine, the other half of the formidable one-two punch that the Bulls have ridden to their high seed in the East, isn’t expected to return from safety protocols until after Christmas.

The Bulls won’t have much time to rest and celebrate, though. They play the second game of a back-to-back set in Houston tomorrow at 9 AM (Manila Time).