Hail to the King: James’ triple-double lifts Cavs past Bucks
=== Hail to the King: James’ triple-double lifts Cavs past Bucks ===
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – LeBron James recorded his sixth-career
triple-double to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 91-84 win over the
Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
James scored 32 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Cavs, who won
their second straight and for the eighth time in their last nine games. Drew
Gooden added 18 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland while Donyell
Marshall had 17 off the bench.
“LeBron continues to amaze me,” Cleveland head coach Mike Brown said. “He got
a triple-double tonight, which was awesome. He’s one guy who can get those
Michael Redd paced Milwaukee, who lost for the first time in three games, with
28 points. Bobby Simmons chipped in with 18 for the Bucks while rookie Andrew
Bogut had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
“We just missed shot, started off flat for the first five or six minutes of
the fourth quarter,” Redd said. “You can’t do that.”
The Cavaliers won despite toiling without the services of their second leading
scorer, Larry Hughes. The versatile Hughes was diagnosed with a broken right
middle finger and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.
Even without Hughes, Cleveland managed to shot 41.5 percent from the floor
compared to Milwaukee’s 37.3 percent.
Cleveland broke open a tight game with a 16-0 spurt to start the fourth
quarter. The Cavs were down 67-62 going into the final stanza when James went
off. The superstar scored 11 points in the run, including two three-pointers,
to give Cleveland a 78-67 edge with 7:26 left.
The Cavs continued to extend the lead and found themselves up 13, 89-76, after
a James jumper with just over a minute left.
Milwaukee controlled the game early, leading 25-19 after the opening frame and
46-42 at halftime.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Cavs…Jamaal
Magloire had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks while Maurice Williams
had 11 points…The Cavaliers are 6-7 on the road this season…The Bucks are
9-6 at the Bradley Center this season. They had won three in a row at
home…The Bucks did not get one point from their bench during the game.