Cavs Drop Thriller in Milwaukee
Wrap-Up – Led by Kyrie Irving, the Cavalier put together a furious rally in the closing moments in Milwaukee – overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and taking the lead on C.J. Miles’ trey with exactly a minute to play. But Caron Butler’s tip-in gave the Bucks a one-point lead on the next possession and Milwaukee hit some clutch free throws in the closing seconds to preserve the 109-104 win on Wednesday at the Bradley Center.Kyrie led all scorers, netting 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavs All-Star guard was 10-of-20 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, adding a game-high eight assists. Dion Waiters followed up with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting and Anderson Varejao added a dozen points to go with a team-high eight boards. C.J. Miles came off the bench to notch 14 points, canning four triples, including the go-ahead 25-footer on a nice feed from Varejao.
Milwaukee’s shooting guards – O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal – combined for 53 of Milwaukee’s 109 points, going 10-of-12 from long-distance. Mayo didn’t miss a three-pointer until the fourth quarter and Neal hit all three treys he attempted in the second half.
Turning Point – Wednesday’s game featured several turning points, the final one coming halfway through the fourth quarter. With the Wine and Gold down a baker’s dozen, Kyrie Irving scored 12 of the Cavaliers’ next 15 points, getting Cleveland to within a bucket with 1:38 to play. The Cavs got the ball after Dion Waiters blocked an O.J. Mayo attempt and Miles hit the go-ahead trey. Unfortunately, the Wine and Gold couldn’t close from there.
Game Ball – Kyrie Irving – Irving was almost unstoppable down the stretch on Wednesday. Once again he led the squad in assists and added five rebounds on the night.
By the Numbers – 27.0, .548 … Kyrie Irving’s career scoring average and shooting percentage against the Bucks – his best among all opponents he’s faced. (He doesn't mind playing the Hawks, either -- 25.4 ppg, .603 FG.)
Quotable – Head Coach Mike Brown, on his team’s effort in Milwaukee …
”Milwaukee just came out to start the game, similar to Charlotte. They came out and just did what they wanted to do. We are going to have trouble winning like that on the road. If we need to get in front of a home crowd just to play with a sense of urgency we are going to be in trouble. Teams are too good in this business.”
Up Next – The loss drops the Wine and Gold to 2-3 on the young season, with each loss coming away from The Q. The Cavaliers continue their two-game junket on Friday night, when Andrew Bynum makes his return to Philadelphia for what should be a live one. Cleveland returns home the following night to complete the home-and-home back-to-back with the Sixers. The Cavs get right back on the road after the weekend for a pair of tough tests – on Monday night against Derek Rose and the Bulls in Chicago and a rematch with the Timberwolves two nights later in the Twin Cities.