Recap: Cavaliers Top Bucks to Win Season Series
The Cleveland Cavaliers completed their regular season series win over the Milwaukee Bucks with a 102-95 win last night. The game was tightly contested through three and a half quarters, but the Cavaliers went on a 11-0 run with just under 5 minutes in the fourth to help put away the Bucks. That 11-0 run was sparked by a LeBron James and-1 slam to put Cleveland up three at the 4:45 mark. James returned to the lineup after missing one game with an illness and didn’t miss a beat, pouring in 24 points while grabbing ten rebounds.
.@KingJames shakes off illness, teams w/@KyrieIrving to fuel @cavs' 102-95 W vs. Bucks
WATCH: https://t.co/rpXzJa8cB8 #DefendTheLand pic.twitter.com/yHR4Po2Mpd
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) February 28, 2017
Cleveland out-rebounded the Bucks 51-40 and shot the ball much better at the charity stripe. Cleveland connected on 84 percent of their free throws while the Bucks hit on just 62 percent. The Bucks had dominated Cleveland in the paint in the previous three match ups this season despite only winning one of those games. However the Bucks only managed to score 38 points in the paint last night, which the Cavaliers were able to match.
Another statistic worth noting from last night’s game; Kyrie Irving became the eighth player in Cavaliers history to reach the 2,000 assist mark. Irving joins his teammate LeBron, who is first on that list of eight with nearly 6,000 assists as a member of the Cavaliers.
Individual Player Stats
- Kyrie Irving (CLE) 25 points (10-20), 9 assists
- Derrick Williams (CLE) 14 points, 7 rebounds
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 9 points (4-13), 8 assists
- Malcom Brogdan (MIL) 20 points (8-15), 5 assists
Antetokounmpo had an off night for his standards. While he stuffed the stat sheet in every other category, he, along with most of the Bucks struggled shooting the ball. However there was one stat the Bucks can be happy about. They only committed eight turnovers on the night which is well under their 13.7 average. Not only that, the Bucks forced Cleveland to commit 16 turnovers on the night.
Unfortunately for the Bucks, there is more bad news on the injury front. After losing Jabari Parker to a torn ACL and Kris Middelton not being healthy enough to play in back-to-back games, Michael Beasley leaves last nights game with a knee-sprain and is out indefinitely.
For the Cavaliers, they finished the month of February with a 9-2 record. Coming off the teams worst month since LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers, they managed to have one of the strongest months of basketball all season. Cavs fans have more to look forward to in the near future as well. Cleveland signed Deron Williams after his buyout with the Dallas Mavericks was complete. Williams didn’t play in last night’s game, but should be in the lineup for tomorrow night.
There's no shortage of reasons why @DeronWilliams decided to sign with the @cavs. pic.twitter.com/kVhiVauegw
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) February 28, 2017
The Cavaliers will be on the road tomorrow night in a matchup against the No.2 team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.