KYLE Lowry put up 32 points as the Raptors side missing DeMar DeRozan beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-86, to halt a five-game skid on Friday in Toronto (Saturday, Manila time) .
Lowry was 9 of 18 from the field and dished out six assists. The recently named All-Star reserve sparked a 36-point first quarter for the Raptors while limiting the visiting Bucks to just 19 points as Toronto established a lead they never relinquished.
DeRozan, Toronto’s leading scorer, missed his third straight game with an ankle injury.
The Raptors sustained their hot start and were up 53-39 at halftime. The Bucks tried to rally in the second half and were able to cut the lead to 70-77 at the end of the third quarter.
Lowry scored 7 of Toronto’s first 9 points to start the last period as they pulled away to a 90-75 with 6:47 left.
Norman Powell added 19 points and six rebounds for Toronto, which is trying to hold on to a one-game lead over the Boston Celtics for second place in the Eastern Conference. Jonas Valenciunas grabbed 11 boards. Patrick Patterson chipped in 10 markers and 7 rebounds.
Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 21 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. First-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points and eight assists. Milwaukee has dropped its last two games.