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Cavs Young Guns Shoot Down Bucks

Wine & Gold Win Third Straight at Home, Top League-Leading Bucks at The Q
Collin Sexton, Goodyear
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Wrap-Up -- Heading into the true homestretch of the season, the young Cavaliers have quickly become a team no contender wants to face.

Now 6-2 at home since the All-Star Break, the Wine & Gold dropped their third straight Eastern Conference Playoff team at The Q – this time the squad with the league’s best record – jumping out to an early lead and holding the shorthanded Bucks off late to take the 107-102 decision on Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s win over Milwaukee wasn’t that much different than the victory over Detroit two nights earlier – with Cleveland jumping out to a lead early and slamming the door late – each time at the hands of its surging rookie, Collin Sexton.

On Wednesday night, the Young Bull achieved something no other Cavaliers rookie has – registering his seventh straight game of at least 23 points – finishing with a team-best 25 points, going 10-of-18 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from long-range to go with three assists and a pair of rebounds.

Sexton notched eight of his 25 points in the fourth quarter – including a bomb from the corner with 1:42 remaining to extend Cleveland’s lead to two possessions and a driving layup one minute later to again extend the lead to five.

The Cavaliers have battled the injury bug all season long, but on Wednesday night (for a change) the Wine & Gold were the healthier club.

Milwaukee dressed just eight men on Wednesday – with five of their rotational players, including MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokuonmpo, in street clothes.

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, came into the contest with a healthy frontline for the first time since October – with Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson rejoining the lineup after missing five and 26 games, respectively.

Both big men had solid returns off the bench. Nance finished with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, adding seven boards, a team-high five assists, two steals and a pair of blocks. Thompson also tallied seven points on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting, adding six rebounds in the win.

Jordan Clarkson


Clarkson tallies his 63rd game scoring in double figures off the bench.

Jordan Clarkson had another solid outing – adding 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting to go with five boards, two assists and a pair of steals in 32 minutes of action.

Brandon Knight was the only other Cavalier in double-figures, chipping in with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, adding four assists and two rebounds.

Kevin Love and Ante Zizic tied for the team lead with 10 boards apiece. Love suffered a head-to-head collision with Eric Bledsoe late in the first half and was limited to just under three minutes in the second.

Zizic saved his best work for last – grabbing seven of his boards and scoring all eight of his points in the fourth quarter.

With the Greek Freak on the shelf nursing a sore ankle, fellow All-Star Khris Middleton shouldered the scoring load for Milwaukee – leading both squads with 26 points, going 10-for-21 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from long-range. Middleton also paced both teams with 12 boards.

Turning Point -- The Cavaliers led by 11 at half and Collin Sexton’s triple to open the second-half scoring put Cleveland up two TDs early in the second stanza. But Milwaukee made short work of Cleveland’s lead – going on a 21-6 run to take a one-point edge midway through the third.

Larry Drew’s young squad refused to fold, however, with Sexton drilling another trey to put the Cavs back in front.

Both squads would tangle for the remainder of the period – which ended with the game knotted at 81-apiece.

David Nwaba canned a pair of free throws followed by an Ante Zizic putback to start the scoring in the fourth – and the Cavaliers wouldn’t trail again the rest of the way.

By the Numbers63 … double-figure scoring games by Collin Sexton this year – tops among his rookie class – with 21 20-point outings in the mix. His seven straight 20-point outings is also the longest stretch by any NBA freshman this season.

QuotableCollin Sexton, on breaking a Cavaliers rookie record …

”It’s pretty cool, but we got the win against the number one team (in the East), so that’s even better…I wasn’t even worried about it because when you start worrying about it, then you start pressing. I just let the game come to me, knocked down my open shots and whenever the ball came around, I just played.”

Up Next -- The Cavaliers will try to sweep the three-game homestand when they welcome Doc Rivers’ Clippers to The Q on Friday night. On Sunday afternoon, the Wine & Gold get back on the road – traveling to Milwaukee for their final meeting of the season against the Bucks. The following Tuesday, the Celtics come to town, followed by a five-game, nine-day West Coast trip that sees Cleveland travel to San Antonio, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento and Golden State. When they return, there are just two home games left to complete the 2018-19 season.

Calls of the Game

#CavsBucks Postgame: Tristan Thompson

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Wednesday's 107-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.

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#CavsBucks Postgame: Tristan Thompson

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Wednesday's 107-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 20, 2019  |  05:08

#CavsBucks Postgame: Ante Zizic

Cavaliers center Ante Zizic spoke with the media following Wednesday's 107-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 20, 2019  |  02:31

#CavsBucks Postgame: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Wednesday's 107-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 20, 2019  |  11:34

#CavsBucks Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Wednesday's 107-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 20, 2019  |  04:59

#CavsBucks On-Court Postgame: Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guards Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Angel Gray following Wednesday's 107-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.
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GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 107, Bucks 102

Collin Sexton leads Cleveland to a win over Milwaukee with 25 points and three assists.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:00

Highlights: Collin Sexton | Bucks vs. Cavaliers

Collin Sexton scores a team-high 25 points to pull the Cavs past the Bucks on Wednesday.
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Sexton Comes up Clutch Down the Stretch

Collin Sexton comes up clutch down the stretch with a triple and layup to put the Cavs ahead for good.
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Nance Jr. Hustles for the Two

Larry Nance Jr. doesn't give up on the play and hustles for the bucket.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:26

Rafa Hernández Brito Teaches the Cavs Spanish

Cavaliers Spanish radio play-by-play announced, Rafa Hernández Brito, teaches members of the Wine & Gold some catch phrase calls.
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Featured Highlight: Nance Jr. Says 'Get That Weak Stuff Outta Here!'

Khris Middleton thinks he has an easy bucket but Larry Nance Jr. is there to deny him.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:18

Sexton with the Hoop and the Harm

Brandon Knight spots Collin Sexton on the back cut as The Young Bull powers through contact for the hoop and the harm.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:11

Knight Dimes Nance Jr. for the Slam

Brandon Knight finds a cutting Larry Nance Jr. for the slam in transition.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:17

Tristan Muscles Home the And-One

Tristan Thompson powers through the contact for the hoop and the harm in this ‘More Driven Highlight’ driven by Goodyear.
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Wine & Gold Convert the Fast Break

Kevin Love gets the transition game going with an outlet pass and Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman work the two-man game for two.
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Sexton Challenges Lopez at the Rim

Collin Sexton drives it hard through the lane and finishes over Brook Lopez at the tin.
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#CavsBucks Shootaround: Larry Nance Jr.

Cavaliers forward/center Larry Nance Jr. spoke with the media following Wednesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Mar 20, 2019  |  05:46
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