DeRozan's big game lifts Raptors
LAS VEGAS -- Quincy Douby and DeMar DeRozan combined for 37 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 84-83, in a down-to-the-wire first game during 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS action on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas this afternoon.
A close game throughout, the Bucks led with as few as 15.1 seconds to play when Jodie Meeks scored a quick four points, connecting on a free-throw and then draining a fade-away three-pointer to give Milwaukee a one-point lead, 83-82. But, Toronto wouldn't go quietly. Douby responded with heroics of his own, nailing a long-range two with 1.3 seconds to play to give his Raptors a one-point advantage, 84-83. Milwaukee called a timeout, and advanced the ball to the front court, but was unable to score as time expired.
"In the fourth quarter, the coaches wanted me to be aggressive and get to the free throw line," said Douby of the game. "For that last shot, I just approached it with confidence and knocked it down."
Douby scored 17 points in just over 27 minutes off the bench for the Raptors and DeRozan finished with a team-high 20 points in the win.
Meeks finished with a game-high 29 points, 25 of which he scored in the second half to go with four rebounds, while Joe Alexander paced the Bucks with 19 points and eight boards.
Evenly matched in the first quarter, the Raptors and Bucks each shot 47 percent from the field in the first quarter. Toronto finished the period up two, 22-20, in a quarter that featured eight ties and five lead changes with neither team leading by more than four points. The frame was highlighted by a backboard-shaking and-one DeRozan dunk over Milwaukee's Alexander.
The teams traded buckets in the second quarter, but Toronto went on an 8-2 run to stretch their lead to as many as seven points, 44-37, before settling for a four-point halftime lead, 44-40. Brandon Jennings scored nine points for the Bucks in the quarter, bringing his first half total to a game-high 13 points. Toronto used a balanced attack in the first, with nine Raptors registering points.
Milwaukee exploded out of the halftime break, taking the lead from Toronto with just over four minutes to play during an 11-0 run. Jodie Meeks got the hot hand, shooting three-of-three from behind the arc en route to a 13-point third quarter for the Bucks. The Raptor duo of Smush Parker and DeRozan combined for 13 third-quarter points to keep Toronto close. At the end of three, Milwaukee had outscored Toronto 25-19 and was up two, 65-63.
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