DeRozan explodes for 52 points in OT win against Bucks
02 January, 2018, 12:26 | Author: Simon Thompson
It was pointed out to DeMar DeRozan that the Raptors are about to face a hard stretch of the National Basketball Association schedule with some excellent teams ahead, including a playoff rematch with the Milwaukee Bucks to open the calendar year. The hopes placed on this team are not simply for the 2017-18 season, but beyond as Antetokounmpo grows into one of the league's very best.
The Toronto Raptors trumped the Milwaukee Bucks 131-127 in overtime thanks to NBA All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. With wins in eight of their last 10 games, Toronto once again appear to be serious playoff contenders.
It was not an easily-fought victory, however, as the Bucks forced the Raptors into overtime, but 26 points from Kyle Lowry also helped lift Toronto to their 12th home win in a row.
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. The Raptors were led by 19 points from Serge Ibaka and 14 points from Cory Joseph, starting in place of Lowry.
The Bucks' reserves inched their team into the lead inside the second quarter, despite a mesmerizing five-point, two-assist stretch from Toronto reserve point guard Delon Wright, including some flashy passes and a heads-up interception for a dunk.
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The six-foot-11 all-star didn't dominate or even get to the rim too often, finishing with 24 points and eight rebounds. He dropped 21 points in the first quarter alone, including three 3-pointers, and finished 5-of-9 beyond the arc on the night.
Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 29 points. There are also two games against the young Minnesota Timberwolves to deal with before January ends.
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