DeRozan scores franchise-high 52 as Raptors outlast Bucks in OT
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 02, 2018,
Jan 02, 2018, 10:36
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.
The 28-year-old broke the previous franchise high of 51 points shared by Vince Carter (Feb. 27, 2000 versus Phoenix) and Terrence Ross (Jan. 25, 2014 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers). It's the second time in two weeks that DeRozan has set a career high in points.
Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24 points and Evan Turner also had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without leading scorer Damian Lillard for a fifth straight game. Get the app and get the game.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry added 26 points, six assists and six rebounds. Toronto is an National Basketball Association best 14-and-1 at home and improved to 25-and-10 overall. He scored the first nine points of the game and had 21 in the first, the most by a Raptors player in a quarter this season.
DeRozan made 17 of 29 field-goal attempts and shot 13 for 13 at the free-throw line. Milwaukee would pull within two, but DeRozan made two free throws to seal the victory in the dying seconds.
Bledsoe and DeRozan traded free throws and both teams came up empty in their final possessions of regulation, sending the game to overtime.
"We were looking at Khris and Giannis", Kidd said. "We knew they were going to switch, we just didn't make the right read". Parker, who also practiced with the Herd last month, has not played this season as he recovers from left knee surgery.
Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Julius Randle had 15. Dellavedova had a season-high 10 assists. Toronto has won nine straight against Eastern Conference opponents.
In the post-game locker-room, teammate Jonas Valanciunas held a white piece of paper with "52" written on it behind DeRozan during interviews.
The Raptors are in Chicago on Wednesday, Milwaukee on Friday, and Brooklyn next Monday, then face a tough home stretch against visiting Miami, Cleveland, and Golden State. Toronto has lost six straight in Chicago, last winning there on December 31, 2013.