Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Saturday, November 6th
Game 2: Sunday, January 30th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 16th
Game 4: Saturday, April 9th

Cavaliers 88

(34-28, 10-20 away)

Bucks 96

(26-37, 19-13 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 20 23 16 2988
    MIL 29 19 25 2396

    Top Performers

    Cle: L. James 34 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mil: M. Redd 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Blk

    Redd leads Bucks with 32; LeBron has 34 in loss

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- As much as the Milwaukee Bucks have struggled throughout this season, it's been a different story against visitors from the Central Division.

    Michael Redd scored 32 points and Joe Smith tied his season high with 21 points and added 15 rebounds as the Bucks weathered 34 points from LeBron James and defeated the Cavaliers 96-88 Wednesday night, extending Cleveland's road losing streak to eight games.

    Desmond Mason added 13 points and Mo Williams had 12 points and 10 assists, helping the Bucks remain perfect against Central Division opponents at home with their seventh straight victory.

    The energetic victory came after the Bucks' worst loss of the season, a 110-71 defeat at Eastern Conference-leading Miami on Monday.

    "You just get tired of losing," Redd said. "We were determined to come out and play well tonight for our home crowd, give them a good show and play hard."

    Against the Heat, the Bucks shot 32 percent while losing for the eighth time in their last 10 road games.

    "If we just go on the road and play the way we play here at home -- unselfish, play the game the right way -- then I don't see why we couldn't do it on the road as well," Smith said.

    James scored more than 30 points for the third straight game, Drew Gooden added 14, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 13 and 14 rebounds. But it wasn't enough for the Cavaliers, who haven't won on the road since a 105-87 victory at Golden State on Jan. 22. Cleveland plays four of its next six games away from home.

    Cleveland shot 42 percent (37-88) while the Bucks were 33-of-72 for 49 percent.

    The loss snapped the Cavaliers' three-game winning streak and prevented them from matching its win total from last season -- 35 games.

    "We didn't start out with any fire," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "We didn't have any passion to start the game and it just built on itself."

    James did his part, though.

    He was 13-of-26 from the floor and had seven rebounds in 45 minutes. He had 71 points in the team's previous two wins. Tuesday night, he shot 11-of-15 and hit 12 of 16 free throws for 36 points in 34 minutes of the 92-73 victory over Utah. Sunday, he had 35 points in a 98-86 defeat of Indiana.

    The Bucks, who never trailed, stayed in control throughout the fourth.

    Mason hit a baseline jumper for an 82-64 lead early in the quarter. The Cavaliers never got closer than eight points after James' 3-pointer with 6:05 left capped a 14-4 run.

    After leading 48-43 at the half, the Bucks used a 14-0 run sparked by Redd's eight points for a 71-55 lead with 1:19 left in the third quarter. James had just a basket and two free throws and appeared frustrated by the officiating and at his bench, scowling toward it often.

    Silas got on the refs, too. He marched out to halfcourt to argue with referee Greg Willard about a no call as the quarter ended with the Bucks ahead 73-59.

    The Cavaliers were called for three technicals in the game, one each on Ilgauskas, McInnis and Ira Newble.

    James took a calmer approach after the game.

    "It's not frustration," he said. "We just came off a three-game winning streak. This is just one game, a minor setback for us."

    Redd had seven points in a 17-2 run that bridged the first and second quarters as Milwaukee led 40-22 with 8:26 left in the second. After that, James led Cleveland back with a dunk, a jumper, two 3s and a free throw during a 20-2 burst that tied it at 42.

    During Cleveland's surge, the Bucks went seven minutes and 30 seconds without a basket.

    Silas apologized before the game for a derogatory comment he made about Utah forward Carlos Boozer following practice earlier this week.

    Silas made the remark to reporters Monday, one day before Boozer was due to make his long-awaited return to Gund Arena after leaving the Cavaliers as a free agent last summer. Boozer, though, didn't travel with the Jazz because of a foot injury.

    "It was totally inappropriate," Silas said. "It shouldn't have happened. I apologize for it."

    Game notes

    The Bucks did not make a substitution the first quarter and led 29-20 after one. Cleveland's only sub was C/F Anderson Varejao. ... Ilgauskas needed five stitches in his chin at halftime. He was injured during the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 96
    FGM-FGA 37-88 (.420) 33-72 (.458)
    3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 2-12 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 8-13 (.615) 28-30 (.933)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 8-40
    Assists 24 22
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 14 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (3/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

    Top Performers

    LeBron James James
    Points: 34
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 32
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1