Cavaliers earn No. 2 seed in East with win over Bucks
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James poured in 24 points and dished
out nine assists as Cleveland cruised past Milwaukee, 109-96, in the regular
season finale for both clubs at Quicken Loans Arena.
Sasha Pavlovic added 21 points and Donyell Marshall donated 14 off the bench
for the for the Cavaliers (50-32), who won their final four games of the
season. Cleveland earned the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs
because the Chicago Bulls lost at New Jersey, 106-97 Wednesday night. The
Cavaliers will face Washington in the first round of the playoffs.
“We definitely proved that we are one of the better teams in the NBA by
basically coming out and destroying teams,” James said.
Larry Hughes netted 13 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas ended with 10 for the
Cavaliers, who swept the season series 4-0 with Milwaukee and beat the Bucks
for a seventh straight time.
Earl Boykins scored 28 points and Ruben Patterson chipped in 19 for the Bucks
(28-54), who have dropped eight straight at Cleveland. Charlie Bell posted 12,
Maurice Williams 11 and Ersan Ilyasova 10 points in defeat.
Cleveland used a 24-10 burst — led by Pavlovic’s 11 points — to surge to a
31-15 advantage late in the first quarter. Milwaukee scored the final seven
points in the frame to get within nine.
The Bucks fired back in the second and took the lead at 47-46 on a pair of
David Noel free throws with just under two minutes left. Anderson Varejao,
though, capped the quarter with a dunk as the Cavaliers led 54-51 at the
After Williams drained a jumper to bring Milwaukee within one to start the
third, Cleveland scored 10 straight points for a 64-53 edge with 8:12
Eric Snow’s three-point play concluded the quarter and the Cavaliers went into
the fourth up 79-72.
Cleveland put the game away in the final frame with a 15-5 spurt early on for
a 17-point cushion, while the Bucks were never able to mount any threat.
“We took care of business,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “They’re a tough
team because they have so many shooters and guys who can score.”
Cleveland shot 48.3 percent from the field, while Milwaukee finished 44.9
percent shooting…The Cavaliers dominated the glass, outrebounding the Bucks