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                 === Irving, Cavaliers outlast Bucks in OT ===
 Cleveland,  OH (SportsNetwork.com)  - Kyrie  Irving poured  in a  game-high 39
 points  and had  six assists  to  lead the  Cleveland Cavaliers  to a  114-111
 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
 Jarrett  Jack  netted 17  points, C.J.  Miles had  15 and  Earl Clark added 14
 points  for  Cleveland,  which  stopped  a  two-game  losing  streak.  Tristan
 Thompson scored 10 points and had 15 rebounds.
 O.J.  Mayo scored 20  points and had seven rebounds, John Henson had 18 points
 and  10  rebounds and  Brandon Knight  added 17 points,  14 rebounds and eight
 assists   for  the  Bucks,  who  have  lost  five  straight.  Khris  Middleton
 contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.
 With  his team trailing by four points in overtime, Mayo nailed a 3-pointer to
 bring the Bucks within one, 112-111, with 17.9 seconds left.
 Irving  then  knocked down a pair  of free throws  to put Cleveland back up by
 three with 10.3 seconds left. Mayo missed two 3-point attempts that would have
 tied the game, one with 3.9 seconds left and the other as time expired.
 "I would take them (shots) any time of day," Mayo said of his two late misses.
 "I should have made that."
 The  Cavaliers were  paced in  overtime by  Irving as  he made  the first  two
 buckets  for  Cleveland, knocking  down a  pair of  3-pointers. Irving hit the
 first  a minute into overtime and the other 28 seconds later to give Cleveland
 a 102-98 lead.
 With  2.8  seconds left  in regulation,  trailing by two,  Irving drove to the
 basket  but missed  the  layup  as the  defense  collapsed  on him.  Thompson,
 however,  was right behind him for the tip-in to tie the game with 1.8 seconds
 left to send it into overtime.
 "Kyrie  (Irving) got to the basket, down the right side of the floor, went up,
 missed  the layup that he usually makes; acrobatic in the air, but he attacked
 the  glass and I  was able to squeeze the ball into the rim," Thompson said of
 his game-tying tip-in.
 Milwaukee  chipped  away at the Cavaliers'  lead throughout the fourth until a
 Henson reverse layup tied the game, 92-92, with 3:45 to play.
 The  Bucks led  12-6 4:31  into  the game  before  an Irving  layup sparked  a
 19-2  outburst  by the  Cavaliers.  A  Mayo layup  halted  the  run with  1:23
 left in the quarter.
 The  layup by Mayo  began a 12-0 surge for Milwaukee to end the first quarter.
 Milwaukee  led, 26-25, after  Cleveland led by as many as 11 points before the
 run that closed out the quarter.
 During  the second quarter of action the largest lead for either team was five
 points,  when Cleveland  led twice, once at  the 9:56 mark and again with 8:07
 left in the half.
 In  the last 1:30  of the half the teams traded the final five made baskets to
 make the score 47-47 as they headed to the locker room.
 The  start to  the second half was similar  to the end of the first. The teams
 traded  baskets for  much of the quarter.  There were five ties and three lead
 The  largest advantage of the third quarter for either team came 2:07 into the
 quarter. Cleveland led by five at that time but Milwaukee took the lead during
 a 9-0 run, 57-55, after a Giannis Antetokounmpo 3-pointer with 7:39 to play in
 the third.
 The  teams stayed within four points of each other the rest of the quarter and
 went into the fourth tied, 70-70.
                                   Game Notes
 Cleveland  will  travel to  Chicago to  play the  Bulls Saturday ... Milwaukee
 hosts the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday ... The Cavaliers have won five of their
 last  six home games  ... The Bucks shot 40-for-100 and the Cavaliers shot 39-
 for-100 from the field.
 12/20 23:59:46 ET