National Basketball Association
Cleveland 113, Milwaukee 108
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, January 25, 2013
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
#14 Ed Malloy, #60 James Williams, #65 Sean Wright
Cavaliers 113, Bucks 108
: Kyrie Irving poured in 35 points and host Cleveland rallied from a 20-point third-quarter deficit to stun Milwaukee.
Fresh off a 40-point effort against Boston - and one day after being named to his first All-Star team - Irving had one of his most efficient games of the year, going 12-of-17 from the field and making all nine of his free throws. Tristan Thompson had 18 points and Dion Waiters added 16 for Cleveland, which shot 52.3 percent from the field.
Ersan Ilyasova's 30 points paced the Bucks, who were outscored 32-18 in the final quarter to lose for just the third time in nine games. Monta Ellis had 21 points while Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders chipped in 14 apiece.
Ilyasova's 18-point first half - built on the strength of three 3-pointers - guided the Bucks to a 59-50 lead at the break. Milwaukee continued pouring it on in the third quarter - jumping ahead by 20 on a Jennings 3-pointer near the midway point of the period - but the Cavaliers responded with an 11-3 quarter-ending run - highlighted by nine points from Irving - to go into the fourth down 90-81.
The Cleveland surge continued into the final period, with Marreese Speights' driving bank shot cutting the lead to two with 7:31 remaining. Wayne Ellington put Cleveland ahead on a transition 3-pointer a minute later, Shaun Livingston's layup capped at 12-0 run with 4:16 left and the Cavaliers fended off a late Milwaukee rally.GAME NOTEBOOK:
Ilyasova is averaging 28 points and 12.3 rebounds over his last three games. ... Jennings added 12 assists but shot just 5-for-19 from the field. ... The teams combined for 61 assists.
Top Game Performances
Ersan Ilyasova 30
Kyrie Irving 35
Brandon Jennings 12
Luke Walton 7
Larry Sanders 11
Alonzo Gee 8
Monta Ellis 3
||Free Throws Made
Kyrie Irving 9
Monta Ellis 2
Alonzo Gee 2
Larry Sanders 2
Tristan Thompson 3
Team Stats Summary
Cleveland will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .182 after a win and .303 after a loss.
Milwaukee will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Bucks have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .632 after a loss.