Kyle Lowry scores 23 points, Raptors win 116-94 to hand struggling Bucks 6th straight loss
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 116-94 on Monday night to hand the struggling Bucks their sixth straight loss.
DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, Patrick Patterson 18 and John Salmons 10 as Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games. The Atlantic Division leaders snapped a five-game home slide against the Bucks, beating them in Toronto for the first time since Jan. 22, 2010.
The Raptors won their second straight over Milwaukee after losing the previous 10 meetings.
The victory gave Toronto its first five-game home winning streak since Dec. 14, 2012, to Jan. 2, 2013. At 19-17, the Raptors are two games above .500 for the first time since March 9, 2010, when they were 32-30.
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 29 points, Brandon Knight had 16 and Giannis Antetokounmpo 11 for the Bucks, who are winless since beating the Lakers in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. The NBA's worst team at 7-30, Milwaukee has lost 14 of 16 overall.
Bucks forward Khris Middleton struggled for the third straight game, making just one of eight field goal attempts and finishing with two points. Middleton has made only five of 29 shots from the floor over his past three games.
Lowry scored 10 points in the first as the Raptors used a 19-5 run over the final 3:45 of the quarter to lead 38-24 after one. Toronto went 15 for 15 from the free throw line in the first.
Toronto missed its only free throw attempt of the second quarter, and Ilyasova scored 10 points for the Bucks — five during a 14-4 run to close the half as Milwaukee cut the gap to 58-50 at the break.
Lowry had 11 points in the third and DeRozan added eight as the Raptors overcame eight points from Ilyasova to take an 88-73 lead into the fourth.
NOTES: Milwaukee is 45-24 against Toronto, its best record against any opponent. ... Bucks coach Larry Drew said he spoke to his entire team about controlling emotions after C Larry Sanders was ejected for elbowing Oklahoma City's Steven Adams on Saturday. ... Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle) missed his sixth straight game. ... Toronto recalled G Dwight Buycks from Bakersfield of the D-League. ... Newly signed Toronto FC players Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe watched from courtside seats.