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                    === Lowry, Raptors cruise past Bucks ===
 
 Toronto,  ON (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Kyle  Lowry scored  23  points on  4-of-5
 shooting  from  beyond the  arc to help  lead the Toronto  Raptors to a 116-94
 drubbing over the Milwaukee Bucks from Air Canada Centre.
 
 "He's  been playing at an All-Star level," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said
 of Lowry.
 
 DeMar  DeRozan netted 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double
 with  17 points  and 10  rebounds for  Toronto, which  has won  three straight
 overall  and five  straight at home. The Raptors also snapped a five-game skid
 at home to the Bucks.
 
 Patrick  Patterson  and John  Salmons scored  18 and 10  points off the bench,
 respectively, in the win.
 
 Ersan  Ilyasova poured  in a  game-high 29  points on  an efficient  11-for-16
 shooting for the Bucks, who are mired in a six-game losing streak.
 
 "I  thought he  brought a physicality to  the game, I thought he played hard,"
 Bucks head coach Larry Drew said of Ilyasova.
 
 Brandon Knight scored 16 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 11 points with
 seven rebounds in the loss.
 
 Luke  Ridnour knocked down  a 3-pointer with four minutes left in the first to
 tie  the game at  19, and Toronto proceeded to outscore the Bucks 19-5 for the
 remainder of the frame to take a 38-24 lead.
 
 Toronto  was a perfect 15-of-15 from the free-throw line during the opening 12
 minutes.
 
 The  Raptors pushed the  lead to 19 following a Greivis Vasquez trey 1:59 into
 the second before Milwaukee started to work its way back into the game.
 
 The  Bucks  switched their  defense to  a zone midway  through the quarter and
 ended the final 5:01 on a 14-4 run to trail 58-50 at the break.
 
 The  lead was trimmed  to seven before Toronto went on an 8-0 run early in the
 third  that was capped with a jumper from Salmons on the near wing for a 71-56
 advantage.
 
 Antetokounmpo  gathered Knight's miss and converted the layup to end the short
 drought for Milwaukee.
 
 Toronto  led  88-73 going into  the fourth quarter  and the Raptors would soon
 thereafter break the game open.
 
 Terrence  Ross  hit a  pair of free  throws to  close a 13-2  run and help the
 Raptors to a 101-75 lead with 7:52 remaining.
 
 The  lead swelled  to 31 late in the  fourth following a Steve Novak 3 and the
 Raptors coasted to the finish.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 This  is  the first five-game  home winning streak  for Toronto since Dec. 14,
 2012-Jan. 2, 2013 ... The Raptors shot at a 50.6 percent (40-for-79) clip from
 the  field  and 52.2  percent (12-for-23)  from deep ...  Toronto owned a slim
 advantage  on  the boards, outrebounding  Milwaukee 46-40 ... Milwaukee's John
 Henson  returned from  a seven-game hiatus with a high-ankle sprain with eight
 points,  five  rebounds, and four  blocks in 17 1/2  minutes of action ... The
 Bucks outscored Toronto in the paint 40-32 ... Ilyasova added nine rebounds.
 
 01/14 00:35:18 ET

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