The Cleveland Cavaliers at home beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95. The Cavaliers improve to 41-17 and the Bucks fall to 26-32 on the season. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 25 points on 10 of 20 from the field including four rebounds, nine assists, and two steals. LeBron James put in 24 points on 8 of 12 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out six assists. Richard Jefferson pitched in 11 points on 3 of 6 from the floor, and plucked six rebounds.
Tristan Thompson notched eight points on 2 of 4 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds. Derrick Williams added 14 points on 5 of 7 from the field, and snatched seven rebounds off the pine. Kyle Korver contributed 13 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, and made three triples off the bench. The Cavaliers shot 50 percent from the field, and shot 37 percent on 10 of 27 from three-point range. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Bucks 45 to 33. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 16 turnovers, but they played better defense and they held the Bucks to score only a total of 95 points.
The Cavaliers were down by seven points in the second half, but they responded well and ended up winning the game by seven points. Meanwhile, Kevin Love is out after having knee surgery, and J.R. Smith is still out with a thumb injury. The Cavaliers get back on track after losing their last game with LeBron sitting out. The Cavaliers will take on the Boston Celtics on the road on Wednesday.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said about LeBron, “He brings so much to our team, he’s just a winner. Anybody who goes to the Finals six straight times is a winner. He just makes everybody better, myself included. … That’s who he is. We needed his juice tonight.”
For the Bucks, Malcom Brogdon led the way off the bench with 20 points on 8 of 15 from the field, gave out five assists, and drained three from beyond the arc. Michael Beasley scored 11 points on 4 of 7 from the field in nine minutes played. Meanwhile, Beasley left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. Greg Monroe managed 13 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, and handed out four assists off the pine. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with nine points on merely 4 of 13 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, and eight assists.
Tony Snell dumped in eight points on 2 of 6 from the field. Rookie Thon Maker dropped in six points on 2 of 4 from the floor in nine minutes. John Henson tossed in 10 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and snagged five rebounds off the bench. Jason Terry poured in eight points on 3 of 5 from the floor off the pine. The Bucks shot 44.6 percent from the field, and shot 37.9 percent on 11 of 29 behind the three-point line.
The Bucks were shorthanded and competed well on the road, but they fell short of winning this game. Meanwhile, Khris Middletown did not play because of rest purposes, and Jabari Parker was out after having season ending ACL surgery. The Bucks are still currently only 1.5 back from the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.