Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/15

Game 1: Saturday, October 15th

Cavaliers 89

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Bucks 91

(2-1, 1-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 15, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 23 21 13 3289
    MIL 22 20 30 1991

    Ford shows no ill effects in Milwaukee's opener

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- T.J. Ford scored 17 points in his first game in over 1½ years to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 91-89 exhibition win Saturday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who played without All-Star forward LeBron James.

    Ford had been sidelined since suffering a spinal cord injury during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 24, 2004. He missed the first two preseason games with a sprained left index finger.

    Ford started and had 12 points, two assists, three steals and four turnovers before heading to the bench with 9:27 left in the second quarter.

    James, who didn't accompany the Cavs, missed his third consecutive game after playing in the preseason opener. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Friday morning following a two-night stay because of a virus that caused severe pain in his chest.

    Team physicians initially thought James had a strained pectoral muscle, but tests revealed that he has pleurisy, an inflammation of the thin layers of tissue covering the lungs and chest cavity.

    The 20-year-old is being treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication, and the team said it expects James to make a "quick, full recovery."

    Andrew Bogut, the first pick in the 2005 NBA draft, had 10 points and three rebounds all in the first half in his home debut.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas led Cleveland with 18 points and Drew Gooden added 11.

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