DeRozan explodes for 52 points in OT win against Bucks

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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.

Will the host Toronto Raptors cover the number as favorites tonight when they battle the Milwaukee Bucks? They'd added another dimension since the two foes tangled in the playoffs - veteran guard Eric Bledsoe, another attacker to complement Antetokounmpo.

As the ball drops in New York City and the Harlem Globetrotters put on a show in Milwaukee, the calendar will flip to 2018.

The Raps began on a speedy 9-0 run - all points courtesy of DeRozan, capped off with an exquisite reverse layup. He scored the first nine points of the game and had 21 in the first, the most by a Raptors player in a quarter this season.

Serge Ibaka drew the assignment of sticking to the Greek superstar early in the night, with a potpourri of other Raps switching onto him. Toronto led 35-30 after the opening quarter.

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In a rematch of last spring's first-round playoff series, the Bucks hunted the Raptors down in the final five minutes or regulation time, taking a four-point lead with just over two minutes remaining.

With Toronto's starters phasing back onto the floor, the Raps pulled back into the lead. Get the app and get the game.

Antetokounmpo made a shot that was answered by a Lowry three-pointer for a tie with 56.9 seconds left. Tied up again with three seconds left, Lowry attempted a victor, but it fell short and the game went to overtime. Then Toronto held on tight for a dramatic win. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo now leads the Eastern Conference with 16 games recording at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to be hit or miss and have a lot more misses than hits on the road this season. Monday's game is the second in a seven-game stretch where Toronto will face Eastern Conference opponents.

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