Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

DeMar DeRozan scores Raptors record 52 points in win over Bucks

DeMar DeRozan scores Raptors record 52 points in win over Bucks

It was an intriguing contest to kick off January, following a December in which the Raptors had the best record (11-3) among all National Basketball Association teams except the Golden State Warriors (13-3).

DeMar DeRozan has broken the Raptors' record for most points in a game by a single player as Toronto started the new year with a 131-127 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Toronto Raptors have won 11 straight home games.

The Raptors also tied a franchise record with their 12th straight win.

DeRozan exploded for a franchise-high 52 points on Monday, shooting 17 of 29 from the floor, five of nine from three-point range and he drained all 13 of his free-throw attempts. It's the second time in two weeks that DeRozan has set a career high in points.

Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost its last seven road games.

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Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet added 11 apiece for Toronto, which is 8-2 in its last 10 games and has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference behind Boston. Down three with 56 seconds left, Lowry hit a tying 3-pointer to electrify the ACC.

Will the host Toronto Raptors cover the number as favorites tonight when they battle the Milwaukee Bucks?

DeRozan is the third player in Raptors history to score 50 or more in a game. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Playing without Kyle Lowry who was rehabbing his right wrist, the Raptors gave up a 41-point second quarter, falling behind 53-42 at the half. They'd added another dimension since the two foes tangled in the playoffs - veteran guard Eric Bledsoe, another attacker to complement Antetokounmpo.

In the 10-game stretch that began Monday, Toronto will face elite teams - Golden State, Cleveland and San Antonio - along with surprising Detroit, red-hot Chicago with a road game against the Bucks thrown in. "It gave us a true test and as a competitor you want that, you want to play against the best to see where you stand".

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