On New Year's Day 2018, the Toronto Raptors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks in what would become an instant classic.
In an overtime thriller, DeMar DeRozan exploded for a career-high 52 points to lead Toronto to a four-point win over Milwaukee. Not only was DeRozan's output a personal best, it also broke the franchise's single-game scoring record of 51 points that was set by Vince Carter in 2000 and Terrence Ross in 2014.
DeRozan started strong, scoring 21 of the Raptors' 34 points in the first frame before entering halftime with 26 points.
First quarter of the New Year for DeMar DeRozan:- NBA (@NBA) January 2, 2018
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He continued his play in the second half, scoring 26 more points, with 17 coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. The four-time All-Star broke the record at the charity stripe as he sank his final two free throws of the night to put the game out of reach with 6.7 seconds remaining.
DeRozan's career-high came on 17-for-29 shooting from the field, 5-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc and a perfect 13-for-13 shooting from the free throw line. It didn't stop at scoring, either, as he dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds in the win.
It's safe to say DeRozan started the 2018 calendar year in style.