Cavs go Buck hunting in Milwaukee
(Sports Network) – Central Division rivals square off tonight, as the
Milwaukee Bucks welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Bradley Center.
This is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season. On December
29th, LeBron James poured in 32 points and dished out five assists as the
Cavaliers built an early lead and held on to defeat Milwaukee, 109-99, at
Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers have won four in a row in this series. Cleveland, though, has
lost 14 of 17 and 15 of its last 20 at Milwaukee.
Cleveland enters tonight’s contest on a two-game winning streak. James scored
32 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists to lead Cleveland
past the Boston Celtics, 107-104, on Wednesday at TD Banknorth Garden.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 27 points and 11 boards in the win over Boston for
the Cavaliers, who have won five of their last six games overall. Larry Hughes
collected 14 points, while Drew Gooden finished with 13 points and 12
The Cavaliers are just 5-9 on the road this season. They return home to host
the New Jersey Nets on Saturday before embarking on a season-long seven-game
road trip. Cleveland will visit Sacramento, Phoenix, the Clippers, Seattle,
Portland, Denver and Golden State on the upcoming swing.
Milwaukee, which has won seven in a row at the Bradley Center, attempts to get
back on the winning track. Gilbert Arenas again put the Washington Wizards on
his back, scoring 32 points, including the game-winning three- pointer as the
buzzer sounded to lift Washington to a 108-105 win over the Bucks at the
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 27 points, and Maurice Williams scored 24 in
the loss to Washington for the Bucks, who have still won seven of their last
nine games overall. Charlie Bell scored 14 points and Ruben Patterson netted
12 in defeat.
The Bucks are 9-4 at home this season. Their last loss in front of their fans
was on November 25th against the Celtics. Milwaukee is scheduled to visit the
Nuggets on Monday at the Pepsi Center.
On the injury front, forward Charlie Villanueva (right shoulder tendinitis)
is questionable for Milwaukee, while Cavaliers forward Donyell Marshall (head
contusion/sore neck) is also questionable.