NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Cleveland
(Friday, December 18th)
Final Score: Cleveland 85, Milwaukee 82
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James was two assists shy of a triple- double, ending with 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight helpers, as Cleveland held on to beat Milwaukee, 85-82.
Mo Williams added 17 points and Delonte West 12 for the Cavaliers, winners of five straight.
Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings each had 18 points to pace the Bucks, who were coming off a heart-breaking overtime loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.
Jennings also had eight assists but hit just 5-of-21 from the floor and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the waning seconds.
"We had opportunities," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. "Our last shot was a terrible shot. We didn't play well enough. We needed more guys to play well than what we got."
Shaquille O'Neal's bucket with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third tied the game at 55-all, and Williams made a pair of three-pointers around a James trey for a sudden 64-57 edge.
Cleveland held the Bucks to just one field goal over the final four minutes of the third, extending its lead to 71-61.
West's three-point play and layup capped seven straight Cavs points midway through the fourth for an 83-68 cushion.
An Ilyasova three-pointer and layup pulled Milwaukee within 85-80 with under two minutes left. Jennings had a turnover on the next Bucks possession but hit two free throws for a three-point game with 29.4 ticks on the clock.
James was called for a charge at the other hand, giving the ball back to Milwaukee with 9.7 left. Jennings had a chance to tie from the right wing, but Williams was right in his face and the three-point try resulted in an airball to end the comeback bid.
"I know that the kid is aggressive," Williams said of the rookie Jennings. "I know that he is pretty quick and crafty with the ball. I know that he uses a lot of screens and I know I had to be extra aggressive with him, fighting over those screens and try to mix it up with him a little bit."
Ilyasova's three-pointer had the Bucks up 14-5 five minutes into the game, but the Cavs came back and trailed just 26-24 after one period.
An evenly played second frame ended with the same two-point margin, 49-47, in favor of the visitors.
Jennings was fined $7,500 by the NBA on Friday after posting a message on his Twitter account immediately following the team's win on December 12... Cleveland has won six straight over the Bucks...Charlie Bell scored 16 points for Milwaukee.
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