TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan led the way as the Toronto Raptors stretched their home win streak to a season-high three games with a 90-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Air Canada Centre.
DeRozan had game-high 27 points while going 11 for 12 from the free-throw line as the Raptors (15-9) improved to 3-2 on their current six-game home stand and 8-3 versus the Eastern Conference this season.
Luis Scola added 12 points and eight rebounds while Kyle Lowry had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Cory Joseph chipped in 13 points off the bench.
Khris Middleton paced the Bucks with 26 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 15 points and seven rebounds. Greg Monroe had 13 points for Milwaukee (9-15), which has now lost nine straight on the road.
Milwaukee threatened in the second half, pulling to within 10 in the third quarter after outscoring Toronto 29-21. Middleton led the way with nine points in the period as Milwaukee shot 63 per cent from the field.
The Bucks cut the Raptors lead to within four using an 8-2 run midway through the fourth, but that's as close as the visitors would get.
Toronto led 49-31 at the break with DeRozan leading the way with 16 points. The Raptors guard had six straight points for Toronto at one point stretching the lead to 14. Joseph, who added seven first-half points off the bench, hit a last-second jumper pushing Toronto's lead to 18.
Toronto scored nine points off 10 Milwaukee turnovers in the first half while holding the Bucks to 28.6 per cent shooting. The Bucks shot just 4 for 20 in the second quarter with Jabari Parker and Michael Carter-Williams combining for 1 for 11 from the field in the first half.
With the Raptors shooting 2 of 7 and trailing 13-4 4:40 into the game, coach Dwane Casey called a timeout to re-group his team. Toronto concluded the opening period shooting 8 of 12 from the field and a 16-4 run to lead 24-19. DeRozan led the way with 10 points on six shots.
Notes: Former Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez missed his eighth game due to a right ankle injury. Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey was in attendance courtside. Toronto concludes its six-game home stand on Sunday when it plays host to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press