January 6, 2018 / 4:05 AM / a year ago

Raptors explode in third quarter while topping Bucks

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points while DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points each as the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to four games with a 129-110 rout of the host Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at the Bradley Center.

DeRozan set a franchise record with 52 points when the same teams met earlier this week in Toronto, but unlike that contest, a tight affair that the Raptors settled in overtime, this one was decided midway through the third period.

DeRozan was held to five points on 1-of-5 shooting in the opening half but exploded for 14 in the third while Valanciunas added 20 with nine rebounds as the Raptors outscored Milwaukee, 43-19 and turned a two-point lead at halftime into a comfortable, 26-point cushion heading into the fourth.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 of his team-leading 24 in the first half. Malcolm Brogdon added 19 off the bench on 7-of-13 shooting and Eric Bledsoe finished with 17 for Bucks, who shot 53.2 percent and made 7-of-17 3-pointers.

Milwaukee got off to a good start and led 12-5 after Middleton fed Henson inside for a bucket with 8:31 left in the opening quarter.

The Raptors got hot from there, tearing off a 14-0 run to go up seven and led 33-24 to start the second.

An Antetokounmpo jumper from the lane capped off a 17-5 Bucks’ run and gave Milwaukee a 43-41 lead with 7:32 left in the half and it was a 61-59 game at the break.

But instead of building on that momentum, the Bucks missed six of their first seven shots to open the third quarter and Toronto stretched its lead to nine with eight minutes left in the quarter as DeRozan and Valanciunas took control.

Toronto has won 16 of the last 18 regular-season meetings with the Bucks including six of the last seven contests in Milwaukee.

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