MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rudy Gay finally put the Toronto Raptors on sure footing against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gay had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan added 17 points and a few key baskets down the stretch to spoil Milwaukee's home opener, 97-90 on Saturday night.
"With Rudy rebounding the way he did, his length, his athleticism — he did an excellent job with that tonight," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Gay had another poor game from the field, going 4 of 14 to follow an ugly 6-of-23 performance Friday night in a loss to Atlanta.
He found other ways to contribute, like hitting 8 of 10 from the free throw line and having his big game on the glass.
"I'm just trying not to be one-dimensional," Gay said. "I still wanted to make an effort on defense and the glass ... just make myself be part of the game."
Toronto snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Bucks, which was the longest winning streak Milwaukee held over any opponent. Toronto's last win was 91-87 on Nov. 1, 2008.
The teams reunited just over a week after an exhibition game between the teams was called off in the first quarter because of slick court conditions.
The Raptors nearly let this win slip away after leading by 12 points to start the fourth quarter.
O.J. Mayo had 16 points off the bench for the Bucks, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 85 with 5:53 left.
They just couldn't convert on late opportunities, however, including a stretch of 1-of-6 shooting from the free throw line in a 4-minute stretch after tying the game. They also missed two 3s in that span.
"I really felt if we just hung around hopefully we could probably try to steal it, but we just didn't make the plays down the stretch," coach Larry Drew said.
But the Raptors did, including a step-back jumper by DeRozan to make it 89-85 with 4 minutes left.
Then after missing two free throws, DeRozan was fouled again after corralling the rebound, making both this time with 2:09 left for a five-point lead.
The Raptors controlled the paint early and outrebounded the Bucks 60-38, and 18-6 on the offensive end. They had a 21-4 edge in second-chance points.