With the game tied at 95-95 and just 4.3 seconds remaining, the Raptors inbounded the ball to point guard Jose Calderon. The Raptors overloaded the right side, and Calderon hit DeRozan as he streaked across the top of the key.
DeRozan proceeded to dribble with two men on him, fade into the corner and drain an improbable shot as the game clock expired. Raptors win 97-95.
They're now 5-18 on the road.
As for the play itself, there was no reason that it worked. The Raptors clearly wanted an isolation in DeRozan's favor, but instead drew a double-team on their final shot.
Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo!'s Ball Don't Lie responded in the proper manner.
Terrible play call, brilliant shot DeMar DeRozan.— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) January 25, 2013
Fortunately, the Raptors managed to secure the victory and move to 16-27. The Magic, meanwhile, drop to 14-28.
Toronto is 12-8 during its past 20 games, while Orlando has lost 15 of its last 17.
As for what this win means for the Raptors, you can chalk it up as the end of a surprising trend. Believe it or not, the streak had nothing to do with winning and losing games.
According to the Toronto Raptors' media relations department, it breaks a recent stretch of overtime appearances.
RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 25, 2013
For what it's worth, the Raptors went 0-3 during those overtime games. They're 1-5 in overtime during the 2012-13 NBA regular season.
It appears as if avoiding overtime is the best thing that could have happened to the Raptors.
As for the hero, DeRozan finished the victory with a game-high 22 points. For the season, he's averaging 17.1 points on career bests of 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals.
This just so happens to stand as the signature moment of a career year.
Surprisingly, DeRozan appeared to be unfazed by his clutch performance. In fact, he looked to be angrier than he was pleased.
You can place his mean mug under the label of, "I'm a bad, bad man."
DeMar DeRozan mean mugs the Orlando Magic after sinking the game-winner: twitter.com/BeyondTheBuzze…— Beyond The Buzzer(@BeyondTheBuzzer) January 25, 2013
A memorable moment for a fanbase that deserves much better than the product they receive.