DeMar DeRozan goes off for franchise-record 52 points

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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. He scored 45 in a December 21 game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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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.

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.

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Eric Bledsoe's 29 points led the Bucks (19-16).

Caris LeVert also had 15 points, while DeMarre Carroll chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and the tiebreaking free throw with 34.5 seconds remaining. Though things were close in the second half, Toronto couldn't slow Giannis Antetokounmpo who finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, or Khris Middleton who led the Bucks with 24 points.

Antetokounmpo made a shot that was answered by a Lowry three-pointer for a tie with 56.9 seconds left. Antetokounmpo's dunk with seven seconds left made it a two-point game.

Now, the Bucks aren't considered among the best teams in the league, but they have been a handful for the Raptors in the past and DeRozan figured it was time to make a statement.

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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.

Having scored 30 points or more in eight games this season, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan did something he had never done before in his career Monday night.

A Bucks turnover and a botched Toronto possession ending with a shot-clock violation gave Milwaukee one shot with 3.2 seconds left.

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