);
DeMar DeRozan

ON THIS DATE: DeMar DeRozan scores Raptors' franchise-record 52 points in OT win over Bucks

On New Year's Day 2018, the Toronto Raptors hosted the Milwaukee Bucks in what would become an instant classic.

In an overtime thriller, DeMar DeRozan exploded for a career-high 52 points to lead Toronto to a four-point win over Milwaukee. Not only was DeRozan's output a personal best, it also broke the franchise's single-game scoring record of 51 points that was set by Vince Carter in 2000 and Terrence Ross in 2014.

DeRozan started strong, scoring 21 of the Raptors' 34 points in the first frame before entering halftime with 26 points.

He continued his play in the second half, scoring 26 more points, with 17 coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. The four-time All-Star broke the record at the charity stripe as he sank his final two free throws of the night to put the game out of reach with 6.7 seconds remaining.

DeRozan's career-high came on 17-for-29 shooting from the field, 5-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc and a perfect 13-for-13 shooting from the free throw line. It didn't stop at scoring, either, as he dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds in the win.

Keep up to date with all of the latest :tag: news!
Sure Not Now

It's safe to say DeRozan started the 2018 calendar year in style.

More from NBA.com

westbrook-blazers-012219-ftr-nba-getty
George, Westbrook lead OKC to third-straight win
Benyam Kidane
dennis-smith-jr-la-clippers-012219-ftr-nba-getty
Tuesday's action: Mavs win in DSJ's return
NBA.com Staff
raptors-kings-012219-ftr-nba-getty
5 Takeaways: Raptors win 10th straight at home
Gilbert McGregor
serge-ibaka-willie-cauley-stein-012219-ftr-nba-getty
Raptors pull away from Kings for third-straight win
Gilbert McGregor
what-to-watch-league-pass-clippers-playingsurface
League Pass team of the week: Clippers
Gilbert McGregor
#De'Aaron Fox
Fox's improvements key to Kings' playoff push
Carlan Gay
More News