DeMar DeRozan drops 52 on Bucks in Raptors win

DeMar DeRozan claims career-high 52 points to break Raptors record in Bucks win

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. "You want to be among the best and the only way you can do that is to beat the best teams in the league".

"When you come out here and you're in those moments, you've got to make the best out of them", DeRozan said.

DeRozan shot 17-for-29 from the field, which included a 5-for-9 night from 3, and 13-for-13 from the foul line.

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.

Behind a career and Raptors franchise-high 52 points from DeMar DeRozan, and 26 from Kyle Lowry - including five 3-pointers apeice - the Raptors earned the dramatic win and improved to 25-10. They'd added another dimension since the two foes tangled in the playoffs - veteran guard Eric Bledsoe, another attacker to complement Antetokounmpo.

With Damian Lillard out of the lineup, Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum scored a game-high 32 points with eight assists and six rebounds to lead Portland past the Bulls, 124-120.

Kyle Lowry had 26 points and Serge Ibaka added 11 for the Raptors, who also won 12 straight at Air Canada Centre between January 18 and March 6, 2016. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. The franchise record for wins at home is 12, occurring Jan 18 - Mar 4, 2016.

Aaron Gordon had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost its last seven road games. "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". Toronto opened as a 6.5-point fave, while the over-under has gone up from 214 points.

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