The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road destroyed the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97. The Cavaliers improve to 2-0, and the Bucks fall to 1-1 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers with 24 points on 10 of 16 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out eight assists. James had one nice blocked shot when Antetokounmpo drove to the basket. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 17 points on 5 of 12 from the floor, plucked 12 rebounds, handed out six assists, and blocked two shots in 27 minutes. Jae Crowder put in 14 points on 6 of 8 from the field, and collected four rebounds.
Derrick Rose managed 12 points on 3 of 4 from the field, and stripped away two steals in 23 minutes. Kyle Korver had a huge spark off the bench with 17 points on 6 of 8 from the field, and drained five three-pointers. Tristan Thompson racked up eight points on 4 of 6 from the floor, and pulled down eight rebounds off the pine. Jeff Green added 10 points on 4 of 7 from the field off the bench. Dwyane Wade notched four points on just 2 of 7 from the field, and gave out three assists. Wade has struggled shooting so far in his first season playing for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers shot a solid 54.3 percent from the field, shot 42.3 percent on 11 of 26 from three-point distance, and shot a perfect 17 of 17 from the foul line. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 16 turnovers, but they did execute offensively and moved the ball well. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Bucks 44 to 30. The Cavs were only up by three points earlier in the second half, but they ended up winning by 19 points. Isaiah Thomas was out for the Cavaliers with a hip injury.
“We executed the defensive plan that our coaches gave us. The results were us getting a big win on the road,” James said.
For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 34 points on 15 of 22 from the floor, including eight rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. Malcolm Brogdon logged 16 points on 6 of 12 from the field, stripped away two steals, and buried four three-pointers. Tony Snell dropped in nine points on 3 of 7 from the field, hit three triples, and dished out three assists. Khris Middletown tossed in eight points on merely 3 of 10 from the floor, and gave out five assists. Thon Maker pitched in seven points on 3 of 5 from the field in 17 minutes.
Greg Monroe registered eight points on 4 of 8 from the field, and snatched six rebounds off the pine. The Bucks shot 46.3 percent from the field, and shot only 31.4 percent on 11 of 35 behind the three-point line. The Bucks did not get enough stops to win, and they started to let the Cavs do whatever they wanted to do offensively.
The Bucks were only down 55-49 at half, but the Cavaliers out-scored them by 13 points in the second half. This was an interesting matchup with star players like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo who very well could be two MVP candidates this year. Meanwhile, Jabari Parker did not play for the Bucks with a knee injury.