Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - MIL 109, CLE 104 ...The Cavaliers went on a 19-5 run in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead and had a chance to tie the affair seconds later, but Kyrie Irving's turnover allowed Milwaukee to salvage the 109-107 victory. Kyrie led everyone with 29 points and Dion Waiters followed up with 21 as the Cavs fell to 2-2 with the loss.
13.0, 4Q - MIL 107, CLE 104 ... Kyrie dribbles the ball off his foot and Bucks take possession. Mayo is fouled and hits both. Cavs with one more crack to win it.
24.8, 4Q - MIL 105, CLE 104 ...Butler tips in Henson miss and Bucks retake the lead. Cavs can use almost all the clock to try for the win.
1:00, 4Q - CLE 104, MIL 103 ... CJ Miles cans 3-pointer off feed from Andy and Cavs are on a 19-5 run in last 4:20 to take the lead. Miles has been big off bench all season, now w/14 pts.
2:20, 4Q - MIL 103, CLE 96 ... Five straight points from Kyrie have brought Cavs to within striking distance. Irving, Waiters, combined 45 pts.
5:20, 4Q - MIL 98, CLE 85 ... If Cavs are going to win this one, they'll need to get in gear quick, Milwaukee still shooting 54 pct and that's been the story. Waiters now with 19 for CLE, but Cavs need some stops quickly. MIL's SGs killing CLE -- Mayo, 24 pts, Gary Neal, 20 off the bench.
End 3Q - MIL 83, CLE 79 ... Mayo has stepped into Luke Ridnour's role of Cav-Killer, now 6-7 from 3pt for 24 pts as Bucks now shooting 53 pct from the floor. Cavs with four in double-figures -- Waiters (17), Irving (16), Varejao (12), Miles (11)
2:44, 3Q - MIL 75, CLE 71 ... Cavs getting great production from Waiters (17 pts), Kyrie (16) and Varejao (12), but not much else. OJ Mayo, now 5-5 FG from 3-pt, leads everyone w/21 pts. MIL shooting 53 percent FG, 56 pct 3-pt and 93 pct from the stripe.
10:28, 3Q - CLE 59, MIL 57 ... Cavs take their first lead since midway through 1Q, Waiters comes out of locker room, cans two buckets; Dion now 6-7 FG, 13 pts; Kyrie leads CLE w/14.
End 1H - MIL 55, CLE 53 ... Waiters strong down the stretch in 2Q, now right behind Kyrie w/9 pts, 4-5 FG; Kyrie w/12 pts; Varejao, CJ Miles, 8 pts apiece. Starters - Andy, Kyrie and Waiters, combined 13-17 FG; both teams shooting 56 percent at intermission; Cavs use a 16-8 run midway thru 2Q to draw even late in quarter; Mayo leads all scorers with 15 pts.
1:59, 2Q - MIL 51, CLE 51 ... Five quick points from Dion Waiters ties the contest headed towards the half. Not exactly a defensive battle, both teams shooting around 57 percent. Cavs haven't allowed a 100-point game by opponent, will try to tighten things up at half to keep shorthanded Bucks from being the first.
5:57, 2Q - MIL 43, CLE 40 ... Kyrie heating up against Wolters, now leads CLE w/10pts, 4 asst, 2reb; CJ Miles, 8pts off bench; Bennett, just 1-4 FG, but with 2 OR and 1 blk; Mike Brown spoke yesterday about A.B. playing hard on both ends and eventually offense will come.
9:35, 2Q - MIL 38, CLE 33 ... At about the 9:35 mark, top pick Anthony Bennett cans his first FG as a pro -- a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. Hopefully, seeing that first one go down will get the youngster going.
End 1Q - MIL 30, CLE 23 ... CJ Miles again strong off the bench, 2-2 FG, 1-1 3pt FG, 5 pts; Andy, 6 pts, 3-3 FG; Kyrie, 5 pts, 4 asst. Bucks close quarter on a 12-4 run. Milwaukee honoring Michael Redd at 1Q break. Played 11 years in Milwaukee - All-Star, Olympic Gold Medal winner, class act.
2:57, 1Q - Anderson Varejao doing much of the early heavy-lifting again, 3-3 FG, 6 pts. Kyrie, 5 pts, 4 asst. Cavs shooting 57 percent, but Bucks at 63. Mike Brown's looked exasperated heading into a couple timeouts.
Pregame - Same starters for the Cavs tonight -- G Irving, G Waiters, F Clark, F Thompson, C Varejao. Bucks are dealing with injury issues and Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova, Luke Ridnour, Carlos Delfino and Larry Sanders are all OUT.
Kyrie Irving has already had big success against the Bucks and should keep that up tonight with Bucks short at PG. He's one of three players to average at least 25 points and shot 55 percent against a single team. For his career, he's averaging 26.7 ppg, shooting .557 from the floor against Milwaukee. (He also averages 25.4 and .603 against the Hawks.)
The Cavs have won the last two games against Milwaukee after losing the previous nine.
Tonight, former Buckeyes great Michael Redd announces his retirement here in Milwaukee.