Lowry, DeRozan shine as Raptors humble Bucks

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, Canada (4E Sports) – Point guard Kyle Lowry poured 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-95, for their fourth straight preseason win Monday at Air Canada Centre.

DeMar DeRozan led three other starters in double figures, scoring 21 points while Andrea Bargnani, Lowry, and Jonas Valanciunas added 17, 15 and 10, respectively, as the Raptors posted their fifth win in six games.

The Raptors also got 10 points apiece from Amir Johnson and Alan Anderson, who buried back-to-back three-pointers in the fourth period.

Monta Ellis led all scorers with 26 points, Mike Dunleavy had 21 off the bench and Ersan Ilyasova added 19 for the Bucks, who lost their fourth straight game after starting preseason with two victories.

Brandon Jennings scored just six points on 3-for-15 shooting but had 10 assists while center Samuel Dalembert contributed six points and 11 caroms for Milwaukee.

The game featured 18 lead changes and seven deadlocks, the last coming at 82 after Jennings hit a layup from an assist by Beno Udrih, with over eight minutes left in the game.

The Raptors then launched a short 6-0 burst behind Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and Anderson for an 88-82 lead.

A layup by Dalembert and a jumper by Ilyasova brought to Bucks to within 88-86 but the Raptors responded with two three-pointers from Lowly and Bargnani.

Lowry buried another three-pointer after the Raptors threatened to within 94-92 behind a jumper by Ellis, less than two minutes left in the game. Lowly and DeRozan then sank six foul shots to keep the Bucks at bay.

Before the game, the Raptors announced that they exercised the fourth-year team option Davis, making his contract guaranteed through the 2013-14 season.

The 6-10, 235-pound was the 13th overall pick by Toronto in the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of North Carolina. He has averaged 7.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 23.9 minutes in 131 games.

Davis was the lone Raptor to appear in all 66 games last season. He averaged 6.3 points, a team-leading 6.6 rebounds and 23.2 minutes. In nine starting appearances, Davis raised his averages to 8.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 33.3 minutes.

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