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Time to trust DeMar DeRozan's expanding game?

Time to trust DeMar DeRozan's expanding game?

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history to post a 50-point game on New Year's Day.

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

Of course, DeRozan did receive some help with Kyle Lowry (26 points, six rebounds, six assists) accompanying him with star-level play but this was a night for the former USC standout.

"He was playing with a lot of juice", Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. For DeMar DeRozan, though, it was one to remember for a long time and his showing will stick around in the record books as evidence. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points in the entertaining rematch between first-round playoff opponents from last season, a series Toronto won in six. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds.

DeRozan hit a jump shot in overtime to give Toronto a 121-117 lead.

Eric Bledsoe scored 29 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 for the Bucks, who had won their previous two.

"He's risky any time he puts on a uniform", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

Nets 98, Magic 95: DeMarre Carroll made the go-ahead free throws with 34 seconds remaining and the Nets knocked off the Orlando Magic 98-95 on Monday night in Brooklyn. DeRozan's entire line from Monday was extremely impressive: 52 points (17-29 FG, 13-13 FT), 8 assists, 5 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 TO.

Losing Kyle Kuzma to a thigh injury led to a 114-96 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Matthew Dellavedova was superb in Milwaukee's loss, coming off the bench to record five points, six rebounds and 10 assists in his 28 minutes.

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