Bucks Pull Past Cavaliers

December 14, 2012
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Anderson Varejao

Wrap-Up – It’s tough to win in the NBA committing 27 turnovers, and that was the Wine and Gold’s recipe for defeat on Friday night as they fell to the Bucks, 90-86, in a sloppy affair at The Q. Cleveland trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, but fought back to take a one-point lead in the third period. But the Bucks took the lead heading into the final period and didn’t look back.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 26 points on 9-for-23 shooting, adding three assists and three boards – but also six turnovers. C.J. Miles stayed hot – especially beyond the arc – where he went 3-for-5 for 17 points. Daniel Gibson was the only other Cavalier in double-figures with 11 points and Anderson Varejao led both teams with 18 boards.

Turning Point – After trailing the entire night, C.J. Miles’ two free throws and 20-footer gave the Wine and Gold the 59-58 lead with 5:31 remaining in the third period. But Monta Ellis drilled a trey on Milwaukee’s next possession and the Bucks proceeded to go on a 14-2 run. The Cavaliers would cut into Milwaukee’s lead in the fourth quarter, but never took it back themselves.

Game BallC.J. Miles – For the third straight game, C.J. Miles gets the game ball. Although he didn’t lead the team in scoring, he had the most energy among the Cavaliers. His mini-run gave the Wine and Gold a brief edge in the second half as Miles notched double-figures for the sixth straight contest. The eighth-year pro was 6-of-14 from the floor and canned both attempts from the stripe. He added four boards and a pair of steals and assists in Friday’s loss.

By the Numbers27.5 … points per game Kyrie Irving is averaging against the Milwaukee Bucks in four career games against them. He’s scored at least 26 points in each contest, including Friday’s.

QuotableAnderson Varejao, on Friday’s loss to the Bucks …

“We have to play with more energy, we have to be more aggressive and we have to take care of the ball. If we don’t do that, we’re not going to win games.”

Up Next – The Wine and Gold head to Madison Square Garden where they’ll take on the red-hot Knicks on Saturday night. After a couple days off, the Cavs return to action – playing the first of another back-to-back, at home against Toronto on Tuesday before heading to Beantown to face off against the Celtics on Wednesday.