The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each. They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.
The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field. Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field. He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds. Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists. Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each. J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.
As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing. Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists. Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.
During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent. Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field. He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so. Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.
On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field. Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line. Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points. Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.
In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field. Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field. Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process. He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.
As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points. LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists. Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless. Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.
The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent. LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers. Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound. Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.
As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field. Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line. Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss. Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.