Brandon Jennings hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Milwaukee Bucks their second straight win to start the season, a 105-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jennings caught an inbound pass and rose up before the time was out, and the Bucks escaped with a thrilling victory.
Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for 38 points in the Bucks backcourt, while Mike Dunleavy had a throwback game with 29 points off the bench. Breakout star Kyrie Irving finished with 27 points, seven assists and two steals for the Cavs.
In an odd game for substitutions, the Milwaukee bench thoroughly outplayed the Cleveland bench, while the Cleveland starters outplayed Milwaukee's.
Jennings finished with a 13-point, 13-assist double-double, including the game's deciding basket off of a Milwaukee inbound. He was 1-of-5 from downtown, but the one make was the most important of the night.
Player of the Game: G/F Mike Dunleavy, Milwaukee Bucks
The oft-criticized Dunleavy had a game for the ages on Saturday night. He finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds six assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
He made it impossible for Scott Skiles to keep him off the court, and he outscored the Milwaukee bench by himself on the night. If he keeps playing like this, the Bucks might return him to the starting lineup over Tobias Harris, who has struggled somewhat to start the season.
Up Next for the Cavaliers
Cleveland travels to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. In the late-night West Coast showdown, look for the matchup of Blake Griffin and Anderson Varejao to be a good one, as Cleveland likely won't let Tristan Thompson guard the high-flyer by himself.
Up Next for the Bucks
The 2-0 Bucks are off until next Wednesday, when the Memphis Grizzlies come to town. It will be interesting to see how the lanky Bucks will contend with the thick frontcourt of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, two of the West's best power forward-center combos.