Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

DeMar DeRozan Breaks Raptors Franchise Record with 52 Points

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Rosie Leonard | 02 January, 2018, 12:32

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) makes a pass during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Air Canada Centre.

DeRozan also led the Raptors with eight assists while Kyle Lowry had 26 points and Fred VanVleet made a huge overtime three-pointer as part of an 11-point game.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan became the first player in National Basketball Association history to score at least 50 points on New Year's Day and set a franchise record with 52 points in Monday's 131-127 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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. But it wasn't all about the scoring for the USC product, as he also led the Raptors in assists with eight to go along with five rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. Lowry's layup with 1:33 left made it 125-120.

Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer with 3:23 left gave the Bucks a 108-106 edge. Fran VanVleet and Serge Ibaka contributed 11 points apiece for Toronto.

Bledsoe and DeRozan traded free throws and both teams came up empty in their final possessions of regulation, sending the game to overtime.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has made plays like this look like an easy dunk due to his unique length and body frame that allows him to take just a dribble or two to get to the rim from the perimeter. He dropped 21 points in the first quarter alone, including three 3-pointers, and finished 5-of-9 beyond the arc on the night. The franchise record for wins at home is 12, occurring Jan 18 - Mar 4, 2016.

DeRozan added another three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in the second quarter to finish the half with 26 as Toronto led 60-55 at the break. Toronto heads out on a three-game road trip following Monday's game at the ACC where they will face the Chicago Bulls, the Bucks for a second time, and then close out the trip in Brooklyn.

"We came out the gate like that to start of the season, we had one of the hardest schedules and I was happy about it", DeRozan said.

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