DeMar DeRozan delivers career-best performance with 52 points

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The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors meet Monday in National Basketball Association action at the Air Canada Centre. "You want to be among the best and the only way you can do that is to beat the best teams in the league".

The Toronto Raptors rung in 2018 with a white-knuckled 131-127 overtime victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the audacious Milwaukee Bucks on New Year's night.

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

DeRozan made 17 of 29 field-goal attempts and shot 13 for 13 at the free-throw line.

Malcolm Brogdon's minutes have been trending downward over the last two games, and even though the Bucks will need his defense tonight against Kyle Lowry, he might have a tough time collecting fantasy points on the other end of the court.

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The Bucks (19-15) were visiting Toronto for the first time since the opening round of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs, when the talented young squad led by 6-foot-11 phenom Antetokounmpo got the NBA's attention by going up 2-1 on the favoured Raptors before Toronto won in six.

With Damian Lillard out of the lineup, Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum scored a game-high 32 points with eight assists and six rebounds to lead Portland past the Bulls, 124-120.

And he can hit those threes - he hit four from above the arc against the Bucks (5-of-9 total from three) on his way to dropping 52 points on the Bucks in a big win for the Raptors Monday night.

In DeRozan's previous matchups with Khris Middleton, the Toronto Raptors' shooting guard has struggled to find his rhythm.

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Toronto won the series in 6 games. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last eight road games. "It gave us a true test and as a competitor you want that, you want to play against the best to see where you stand".

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