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. Toronto is an NBA-best 14-1 at home. After averaging a strong 25.2 points a game in December, DeRozan got an early jump on topping that number in January. Lillard is recovering from a right hamstring strain.
Kris Dunn claimed 22 points for the Bulls, but it was not enough and two misses late in the game sealed the victory for Portland.
Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
DeRozan had 21 points in the first quarter, and as the Bucks adjusted their defense to focus on him, he switched into a playmaker mode and set up teammates.More news: 'Nigerian prince' finally arrested: 67yo American behind 100s of scam emails
The Lakers have now lost seven straight and have the worst record in the West-and the second worst in the League.
Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Julius Randle had 15. His five 3-pointers were one shy of his career high. It's a Happy New Year indeed for DeRozan's fantasy owners.
He was clutch in OT, scoring 8 of the Raptors' 17 points.