It took an extra ten minutes of NBA basketball, but the Cleveland Cavaliers eight game win streak came to an end of Saturday night at the BMO Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The host Bucks beat the Cavaliers 108-105 in double overtime.
The Cavaliers rallied from an eleven point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime. LeBron James’ two handed dunk with 16 second remaining tied the game at 88. Jared Bayless had a chance to win the game for Milwaukee but his jumper at the buzzer was long.
James would knock down a three pointer with 1:28 in the first overtime and a layup with :32 seconds in the period to keep the Cavaliers chances to extend their win streak alive. LeBron had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but his three point attempt was missed, Cleveland got the rebound but could not get another shot attempt up before the buzzer. The game would head to double overtime tied at 96.
James would give the Cavaliers their only lead of the second overtime just :12 second into the extra session with a three pointer giving Cleveland a 99-96 advantage. The Bucks would answer right back with a three pointer of their own by Khris Middleton to make the score 99-99.
Milwaukee would take the lead at 101-99 on a pair of made free throws by Giannis Antetokounmpo before he would foul out of the game. James would make one of two free throws off the Antetokounmpo foul to cut the Milwaukee lead down to one at 101-100, but Cleveland would get no closer.
With the score 103-102 Bucks, Greivis Vasquez would knock down a clutch three pointer with 1:53 remaining in double overtime to increase the lead to four at 106-102 and all but seal the victory for Milwaukee. Michael Carter Williams would round out Milwaukee’s scoring with a pair of free throws with exactly one minute remaining.
The Cavaliers still had a chance to extend the game to a third overtime. J.R Smith would hit a three pointer with :27 second remaining to make the score 108-105 Milwaukee. Cleveland’s defense was able to get a stop when Bayless missed a driving layup with three seconds left but Greg Monroe was able to get the rebound and run out of the clock as the Bucks send the Cavaliers to their second loss of the season.
James lead all scorers with 37 points, but was held scoreless in the final 3:15 of double overtime. James added 12 rebounds in the loss. Kevin Love finished with 24, but only eight came in second half and overtime sessions. Mo Williams had a rough night shooting the basketball. Williams finished with just four points on two of eight shooting. The only other starter to score in double figures was Smith who scored ten.
Richard Jefferson lead the bench with 14 points. Jefferson was questionable to play on Saturday night after suffering an ankle injury in Friday night’s win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
All five Bucks starters finished in double figures. Carter-Williams had 17 points. Monroe and Antetokounmpo had 16. Jabari Parker had 12 including a pair of thunderous dunks. Middleton added eleven. Off the bench, Bayless finished tied for the Bucks team lead in scoring with 17. Greivis Vasquez finished with 13.
With the loss, Cleveland falls to 8-2 on the season, 3-2 on the road. The Cavaliers won’t have to wait long to avenge Saturday night’s loss. The Bucks visit Quicken Loans Arena this coming Thursday night. Up next, Cleveland has a road game in Detroit against the Pistons on Tuesday.
With his 37 point performance, James moves up to 11th place on the total points scored list, which includes all regular season and playoff games.