Love, LeBron Help Cavs Best Bucks at The Q

Love and LeBron Net 30, Swish Finds His Stroke in Cavs Win Over Milwaukee
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Wrap-Up -- So far this season, it’s been hard to know which Cavaliers team will show up on any given night. What we do know, however, is that the Wine & Gold definitely bring it for the Bucks.

For the second time this season, the fifth-straight occasion and 10th time in 13 meetings, the Cavaliers took care of Milwaukee – turning in another total team effort against the Bucks en route to the 124-119 win on Tuesday night at The Q.

Attempting to avoid the slow starts that’ve plagued them over recent weeks, the Cavaliers tallied 39 points in the first quarter – leading by as many as 13 points early in the second period. The Bucks would eventually knot the affair – and take the lead at half – but Tyronn Lue’s squad wasn’t forced to rally late just to stay in the game.

Shaking off a two-game funk – including a Sunday afternoon illness that sent him to the hospital – posting his best offensive game of the season, going off for 32 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Love didn’t attempt a single three-pointer, but went 14-of-16 from the stripe, adding a game-high 16 boards – half of those off the offensive glass – to go with three assists and a pair of steals.

LeBron James notched 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter – going 10-for-20 from the floor overall, including 2-of-4 from long-range, and was 8-of-10 from the line, adding a team-high nine assists, eight boards and three steals.

James and Love combined for 26 of Cleveland’s 38 free throw attempts – to Milwaukee’s 16 – on the night.

The Wine & Gold weathered a withering barrage by Giannis Antetokounmpo – who led both squads with 40 points, going 16-for-21 from the floor to go with 11 assists, seven boards and three steals.

The most welcome sight of the night for Cleveland was a confident J.R. Smith – looking like his old self, going 5-for-7 from long-distance, 7-of-12 overall, for a season-high 20 points.

Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose each notched double-figures in the win – finishing with 10 points apiece. Wade was 4-of-8 from the floor, adding three boards, three assists and a pair of blocks – including a big fourth quarter swat against the Greek Freak. Rose notched double-digits, the seventh time he’s done so in seven outings.

The Cavaliers shot an even 50 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc – taking only 18 shots from deep, a season-low. The Bucks, by contrast, shot 57 percent from the floor and attempted 30 triples. The Cavaliers made up the different at the stripe, hitting on 33-of-38 attempts.

Kevin Love, LeBron James


Love and LBJ lead the way with 32 and 30 points, respectively.

Over the last three games, the Wine and Gold are 80-of-89 from the free throw line. And on Tuesday night, the Cavaliers committed just 13 turnovers, causing 17 that they converted into 24 points.

Turning Point -- Instead of needing to mount a furious fourth quarter rally, the Cavaliers simply took care of business in the final period of Tuesday’s win over Milwaukee.

After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Cavaliers came into the final 12 minutes up a single point. But Cleveland was sharp to start the fourth – with J.R. Smith’s fifth triple of the night capping a 7-1 run that put the Cavaliers up a touchdown with just under 10 minutes to play.

The Cavs would eventually bump that lead up to 11 before holding off Milwaukee’s final salvo down the stretch.

By the Numbers1,790 … three-pointers that J.R. Smith has connected on for his career, passing Rashard Lewis for 14th place on the all-time list. Standing between Swish and the Top 10: Dirk Nowitzki (1,795), Kobe Bryant (1,827), Chauncey Billups (1,830) and Joe Johnson (1,940).

QuotableJ.R. Smith, on his hot shooting night against Milwaukee …

"Everybody keeps telling me, ‘Be aggressive, take your shots,’ and fortunately for me, there’s just not too many shots I don’t think I’m open on. So I’ll shoot those and depending on how it works out, if it’s going to the right place or not, (I) just try to do something else, but fortunately I made my first three and it just trickled down.”

Up Next -- After dropping the Bucks on Tuesday night, the Cavaliers make their longest trip of the young season, a four-stop junket beginning with a Texas two-step – taking on the James Harden, CP3 and the Rockets in a nationally-televised showdown on Thursday before facing off against the lowly Mavericks on Saturday night. The Cavaliers then head to the Big Apple for a rematch with early MVP candidate Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks on Monday night before closing out the trip on Wednesday night in Charlotte.

Calls of the Game

Troops Send Shoutouts to Families and Friends

Troops across the world give shoutouts in-game at Quicken Loans Arena in honor of Veterans Day.

Cavs vs. Bucks - November 7, 2017

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Troops Send Shoutouts to Families and Friends

Troops across the world give shoutouts in-game at Quicken Loans Arena in honor of Veterans Day.
Nov 10, 2017  |  02:24

Cavs Honor Vietnam Vets

In recognition of Veterans Day, the Cavs honored Vietnam vets at halftime of their most recent home game.
Nov 10, 2017  |  05:50

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 124, Bucks 119

Kevin Loves scores 32 points and LeBron James scores 30 points as the Cavaliers top the Bucks, 124-119.
Nov 7, 2017  |  02:30

#CavsBucks Postgame: LeBron James - November 7, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's 124-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 7, 2017  |  04:27

#CavsBucks Postgame: Coach Lue - November 7, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Tuesday's 124-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 7, 2017  |  08:09

James Tallies 30 in Victory over Milwaukee

LeBron James scores 30 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 9 assists as the Cavaliers defeat the Bucks.
Nov 7, 2017  |  01:56

#CavsBucks Postgame: Dwyane Wade - November 7, 2017

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade spoke with the media following Tuesday's 124-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 7, 2017  |  05:39

#CavsBucks Postgame: JR Smith - November 7, 2017

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with the media following Tuesday's 124-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 7, 2017  |  02:51

Love Scores 32 in Win over Bucks

Kevin Love gets a double-double with 16 rebounds and 32 points to lead the Cavaliers to a win over the Bucks.
Nov 7, 2017  |  01:52

#CavsBucks Postgame: Kevin Love - November 7, 2017

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the following Tuesday's 124-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 7, 2017  |  02:56

Featured Highlight: Shump Goes Up for a Big Jam

Iman Shumpert lights up the rim with a hair-raising dunk midway through the fourth.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:11

Jeff Green Throws Down the Hammer

Jeff Green puts the Cavs up big in the fourth quarter with a big dunk.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:11

DWade Goes Up for the Block

Dwyane Wade rises up for a big block against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:07

Highlight in freeD: JR Drops in a Three

Experience Swish's downtown basket with this freeD highlight.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:11

Highlight in freeD: LBJ Gets a Steal

Experience LeBron James' first-quarter steal with this freeD highlight.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:13

DRose Winds and Weaves for Two

Derrick Rose creates a beautiful layup with little room in the paint.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:08

Cavs Honor Coast Guard Members

During the Cavaliers' 2017 Hoops for Troops night presented by Ohio CAT, the Wine & Gold honored Coast Guard members for their heoric service during the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.
Nov 7, 2017  |  01:53

KLove Steals and Drives for the And-One

Kevin Love is "More Driven" as he steals the ball and hustles down court before driving in and taking the foul.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:18

LBJ Pickpockets Bucks

LeBron James sneaks behind a Milwaukee player and steals the ball for a chance at the line.
Nov 7, 2017  |  00:09

#CavsBucks Shootaround: JR Smith – November 7, 2017

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with the following Tuesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Nov 7, 2017  |  09:13

Hoops for Troops - Buy One, Give One

For every ticket purchased through the Buy 1/Give 1 offer for 2017 Hoops for Troops (presented by Ohio CAT), a ticket to the Nov. 7 game vs. Milwaukee will be donated to a Service Member through the USO.
Oct 31, 2017  |  00:30