The Cleveland Cavaliers just completed four games in a five-night stretch as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 97-85 at the Bradley Center.
It was a game of returns, you might say, as former Buck Mo Williams returned to play against the team for the first time since the offseason trade.
Also, there was a Redd sighting as Michael Redd saw his first action in 14 games since being sidelined from an ankle injury.
The game was a sluggish one. The teams managed to score just 36 points after the first quarter of play.
A beautiful block by LeBron James in the second period sparked a dull game. He timed his leap perfectly and sent a Ramon Sessions layup attempt into the stands wowing the crowd.
The Cavs shot a season low 41.5 percent from the field, but never trailed in the game. They out-hustled the Bucks, dominating them on the boards 53-38. They also had 22 second chance points with 19 offensive boards to Milwaukee’s seven.
This game shows the Cavaliers improvement from the past. In previous seasons, they would have found a way to gift wrap the victory to the Bucks. James decided to take matters into his own hands, scoring 11 straight for the Cavs late in the fourth to seal the deal.
The Bucks never led in the game and the Cavs used a 13-3 spurt to take a 54-38 lead the largest margin of the game. The Bucks responded by outscoring the Cavs 29-15 to pull within two at 69-67.
Milwaukee cut the lead to two again on a Luke Ridnour three-pointer to make it 79-77, then Cleveland’s Sasha Pavlovic answered with a three of his own, making the score 82-77.
After that, King James took control. James finished with 32 points and shot 12-of-27 from the field.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a season best 23 points and 17 rebounds. Williams had 13 points in his return, and the Cavaliers have now won 13 out of the last 14 games.
The Bucks were led by Redd with 20 points followed by Richard Jefferson who added 19 and Sessions with 16. The last place Bucks have now lost four games in a row.
The Cavaliers return home and won’t play again until Wednesday when the New York Knicks invade Quicken Loans Arena. Let’s see if the Wine and Gold can remain undefeated on their court.