Apr 27, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) in the second half of game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. The Toronto Raptors won 87-79. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

USC To NBA: DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson Lead Scoring In Weekend Playoff Games

Former USC basketball stars DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson headlined their games in the Eastern Conference playoffs over the weekend, both topping the scoring charts but with two different results.

DeRozan is playing in his first NBA playoff series with the Toronto Raptors and it was his 24 points which help secure a much needed road victory to even the series with the Brooklyn Nets. Despite letting a 17-point lead vanish with five minutes remaining in the game, the Raptors shut down the Nets late to secure the 87-79 win, their first playoff road win in 13 years.

Averaging a team-leading 24.5 points in the postseason thus far, DeRozan is delivering on the scoring talent that made him successful as a Trojan.

The series moves back to Toronto Wednesday.

Like DeRozan, Taj Gibson leads his team, the Chicago Bulls, in scoring during the postseason with an average of 19.8 points per game. Unlike DeRozan, Gibson’s scoring performance Sunday wasn’t enough to earn his team a series-tying victory.

The Bulls fell 98-89 to the Washington Wizards and now trail the series 3-1. Gibson got off to a hot start and led all scorers with 32 points. In fact, he hit more baskets in the first half than all of his teammates combined and his 81% shooting percentage on 16 attempts was the best mark in the playoffs since 2006.

Chicago welcomes the series back home on Tuesday, in a must win battle for their lives.


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