GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs. Cleveland 02/20/09


Team 1 2 3 4 F
Bucks (27-31) 27 30 25 21 103
Cavs (42-11) 25 26 35 25 113
LeBron James' 55 points was too much for the Bucks to overcome, losing 111-103 at the Bradley Center.
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Charlie Villanueva
  • Points: 26
  • Rebounds: 13
  • Assists: 6
  • Minutes: 37:12*
    *Ejected at 6:54 in the 4th on a Flag-2
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  • Milwaukee Bucks 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 111
    Friday, February 20, 2009


    On tonight’s game…
    “The start of our third quarter was just so casual.  This is the second game in a row that our ball handling positions have gotten too casual.  You have to give LeBron (James) his due during that time period too.  He hit some shots three or four feet behind the three point line.  We battled back and we had our opportunities and we weren’t able to get it.  We’ve still got some young guys that are learning the intensity and mental focus you have to have at all times if you want to beat a good club, and we’re not there yet.”
    On the Bucks turnovers tonight…
    “At certain pockets of the game we appear to be a little easily satisfied.  Against good clubs you just can’t get away with that because your margin of error is so small, and especially on a night where LeBron (James) is having a career type game it’s very difficult to overcome.”

    On the play of LeBron James…
    “The problem was in the third quarter when he really got it going, it wasn’t after our baskets so we couldn’t even get our defense back and set to even have options to run a double team or anything like that.  He was coming at us at full speed and rising up from a couple feet behind that line and that is very difficult to stop.  Unfortunately, on a couple occasions when we were right in the game and he did miss we were unable to secure the rebound, and as I said there is a small margin of error there.”


    On his first game back from suffering a fractured right thumb…
    “It felt good to get out there and get my legs back under me.  Just trying to get used to shooting a little bit with that splint I have on it.  I don’t even think about it in the game really.  I was just going for it and it got hit a couple times but nothing too serious. It feels good to be back out there, unfortunately we didn’t get the win but hopefully we can come out and get one on Sunday.”
    On increased minutes as his injury heals…

    “I’m just trying to help the team win and whatever happens, happens.  I’m just trying to get better and like I said, get my legs back and get used to playing again.”


    On LeBron James’ 55 points…
    “He got in a rhythm coming out in the second half and there isn’t much you can do about that.  You have a hand in his face and he’s shooting the ball two steps behind the three point line, I mean, what can you do about that?  He’s a great player and that’s why he’s one of the best players in this league.  He can score in so many ways but once he starts making that three-ball it gets extra tough.  He had a great night tonight.”
    On tonight’s game…
    “We are just trying to play together as a team and move the ball.  Coach (Skiles) is always stressing ball movement to get easy shots.  We can definitely score, but we have to bring the defense each and every night.  Defense wins games and that’s what we have to get back and work on tomorrow.”

    • Luke Ridnour returned to the Bucks lineup tonight after missing the previous five games with a fractured right thumb. Andrew Bogut (lower back) and Michael Redd (ACL/MCL tear) remained sidelined due to injury.
    • The Bucks signed Eddie Gill to a second ten-day contract.
    • Tonight marks the first time the Bucks have lost back-to-back games at the Bradley Center this season. Milwaukee was 9-0 at home following a home loss. The Cavaliers are now 3-0 against the Bucks this season.
    • Cleveland opened the second half on a 24-4 run turning a 57-51 halftime deficit into a in 75-61 lead with 7:44 remaining in the quarter. LeBron James scored 17 of the 24 points during the run including 16 in the first 2:42 of the period. The Bucks responded with a 21-7 run to tie the game at 82 at the 1:12 mark of the 3rd quarter.
    • Lebron James 55 points are a new season high. LeBron also had season highs for points in a quarter with 24 (3rd) free throws attempted with 22, and three point field goals made with 8. The 8 three pointers made are also a career high.  Tonight represents the most points by a Bucks opponent since Lebron scored 52 against the Bucks on 12/10/05.
    • The 55 points by Lebron James are the most points ever scored by a Bucks opponent in Milwaukee. The previous high was 54 points by Allen Iverson on December 18, 2004. It was James’ 7th career 50+ point game, all of which have been on the road.
    • The Cavaliers improved to 28-0 in games when they score at least 100 points. 
    • The Bucks are only the 11th team this season to score 100 points or more against the Cavs (in 53 games).
    • Francisco Elson topped the 1,500 point mark for his career in tonight’s game and also tied his season high with 10 points. 
    • The Bucks scored 16 of their 27 first quarter points in the paint.
    • Charlie Villanueva recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds. His 6 assists tie his career high and the 13 boards tie his season-high.
    • The Cavaliers improved to 35-2 in games when they out-shoot their opponent. Cleveland shot 50.7% to Milwaukee’s 48.7%.
    • The Bucks fell to 16-11 at home this season while the Cavs improved to 18-10 on the road.
    • The 18,076 attendance at the Bradley Center fell just shy of a sellout (18,717) and is a season-high in Milwaukee.

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