NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, March 16th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 96, Cleveland 88
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Redd poured in 32 points as Milwaukee snapped a three-game slide with a 96-88 victory over Cleveland at the Bradley Center.
Redd finished 12-of-21 from the field for the Bucks, who led from start to finish and posted their sixth straight triumph over the Cavaliers on their home court. Joe Smith contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds to the win.
Cleveland saw its three-game win streak come to an end despite 34 points, seven rebounds and six assists from LeBron James. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 13 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bucks outscored Cleveland 9-2 over the opening three minutes and led 29-20 after one quarter of play. A 9-0 run capped by Calvin Booth's layup with 8:26 remaining before intermission staked the hosts to a commanding 40-22 advantage.
"We played extremely well in the first quarter," Smith remarked. "We talked about setting the tone and letting them know that it's not going to be an easy game for them tonight."
James then took over, as the All-Star guard recorded the game's next eight points to ignite a 20-2 Cavaliers' surge which knotted the contest at 42-42 with under three minutes to go in the half. He would finish with 19 points over the course of the first 24 minutes.
A basket by Smith followed by Maurice Williams' jumper with 28 seconds left sent the Bucks into the break with a 48-43 lead.
Cleveland got to within 55-53 when Jeff McInnis followed James' dunk by sinking an outside jumper at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter. The teams then traded baskets before Milwaukee embarked on a 14-0 run to pull away.
Redd scored eight points during the crucial burst, including a 16-footer which gave the Bucks a comfortable 71-55 lead with just over a minute left in the third period.
"Michael Redd hit some great shots, but we were right there on him," said Cavs head coach Paul Silas. "I tried everything. I tried my triangle (defense). I tried my zone, my man-to-man, but nothing seemed to work."
The margin grew to 18 points, 82-64, with nine minutes to go before Cleveland rallied with a 14-4 run, with James dropping in 10 points. His triple with 6:05 remaining cut the visitors' deficit to 86-78.
"I was trying to do whatever I could to get us back into the game," said James.
However, Cleveland would make just one field goal over the next 3 1/2 minutes and Milwaukee took a 94-80 lead when Williams hit two foul shots with 2:53 left.
Cleveland has now lost eight in a row on the road since a 105-87 decision over Golden State on January 22...Milwaukee improved to 19-13 at the Bradley Center this year...James has registered 30 or more points in three straight games and is averaging 31 points in eight March contests...Bucks center Zaza Pachulia missed the game with a hand injury.
03/16 23:43:57 ET