DeRozan's big 4th quarter leads Raptors to win over Bucks 102-98
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan shoots against Indiana Pacers forward David West (right) during second half NBA action in Toronto on Friday April 4, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)
Joe Digiovanni, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, April 5, 2014 11:37PM EDT
MILWAUKEE -- DeMar DeRozan scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-98 Saturday night to keep pace in the hunt for playoff position.
Toronto and the Chicago Bulls, who beat Washington on Saturday night, are 45-32 and tied for the third seed in the Eastern Conference with five games to play.
Milwaukee fell to an NBA-worst 14-63, guaranteeing the team's worst record in its 45-year history.
Greivis Vasquez tied a season-high with 26 points for Toronto, which has won three consecutive games and six of seven. Vasquez, who averages 9.1 points, made up the scoring lost when starting point guard Kyle Lowry missed the game with a bruised left kneecap.
DeRozan made six free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the victory.
Khris Middleton scored 20 points for Milwaukee, which has lost 13 of 14 games.