NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Cleveland|
(Friday, December 14th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 90, Cleveland 86
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis scored 20 of his season-high 33
points in the second half, as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Cleveland
Cavaliers, 90-86, for their fourth straight victory.
Brandon Jennings, who beat the Cavaliers on Nov. 3 with a buzzer-beating 3-
pointer, shot just 5-of-20 from the field for 16 points, but had eight assists
and three of Milwaukee's 16 steals.
The Bucks also blocked seven shots and forced 27 turnovers in beating their
Central Division rivals for the ninth straight time.
Kyrie Irving paced Cleveland with 26 points, while C.J. Miles added 17 in the
The Cavs erased a 16-point, first-half deficit, but couldn't make enough plays
down the stretch in losing for the seventh time in the past eight games.
"It's pretty simple. When you come out with the lack of energy and lack of
effort that we came out with, and you commit 27 turnovers, you're not going to
win a whole lot of games," Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott said.
A Jennings finger-roll had the Bucks on top, 78-67, early in the fourth, and
Cleveland scored 11 of the next 13 points to close the gap to 80-78 on Miles'
3-pointer with 5:26 to play.
Ellis gave the visitors some breathing room with a runner and two free throws,
and it stayed a two-possession game the rest of the way.
The Bucks came away with three big offensive rebounds in the final two minutes
to kill most of the clock and made enough free throws to seal the road win.
The Cavs shot 24 percent (5-of-21) from the field in the first quarter, then
missed nine of their first 11 shots the next stanza. The Bucks took advantage
and led, 39-23, following Jennings' open 3-pointer midway through second.
Cleveland suddenly caught fire from the perimeter late in the half, hitting
four from behind the arc in a five-possession span to pull within single
digits. Irving drained two deep makes during a 16-5 run that lasted less than
two minutes and cut the deficit to 46-41.
Milwaukee still led at the break, 52-43, but an Irving-led 14-4 run to start
the third put Cleveland in front for the first time.
The lead didn't last long, however, as the Bucks answered with a 14-2 flurry
-- nine coming from Ellis -- to regain control. The Cavs scored the final six
in the frame, but still trailed, 72-67.
"They came back a couple of times, but (Ellis) had the hot hand and kept us in
it offensively. He had it going," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said.
Anderson Varejao pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds for the Cavs, who play a
road game Saturday against the Knicks ... Larry Sanders posted 10 points, 10
rebounds and three blocks for the Bucks ... Ellis and Irving both committed
six turnovers ... Milwaukee hosts the Clippers on Saturday.
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