Toronto's most recent regular season meeting against the Bucks came in March of past year where they were defeated in Milwaukee 101-94. 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.
DeMar DeRozan has broken the Raptors' record for most points in a game by a single player as Toronto started the new year with a 131-127 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto is 4-0 ATS in its last four games versus a team with a straight up losing road record.
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. As Raptor C.J Miles said of Milwaukee's freakishly athletic long and lengthy forward earlier Monday, "he's one step away from the rim from the parking lot".
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.
DeRozan played perhaps his best defensive possession of the game on the final play, harassing Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe until the buzzer went. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. The Raptors threw a variety of defensive looks at him, using Ibaka and OG Anunoby with a second defender often involved.
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. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds.
In the 10-game stretch that began Monday, Toronto will face elite teams - Golden State, Cleveland and San Antonio - along with surprising Detroit, red-hot Chicago with a road game against the Bucks thrown in.