Led by point guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 23 points, dished out five assists and had four steals, the Toronto Raptors blew out the Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto raced out of the gates and built a 38-24 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Bucks were able to cut the lead to eight at the break, but Lowry hit a three-pointer on the first possession of the second half. Two minutes later, the Bucks cut the lead to seven, but Lowry found DeMar DeRozan for an open dunk and the Raptors rolled from there.
Four other Raptors scored in double figures; DeRozan 19 (and seven assists), Patrick Patterson 18, Jonas Valanciunas 17 (and 10 rebounds) and John Salmons 10, but it was Lowry, who was in command and extremely efficient throughout. It took Lowry just eight shots to get his 23 points – he was four-of-five from beyond the arc and a perfect seven-of-seven at the free throw line.
The Bucks got a big game out of Ersan Ilyasova, who scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Brandon Knight added 16 while rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo had 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.
The Raptors are now 19-17 while the Bucks are 7-30.