MILWAUKEE (AP) -- LeBron James had another great scoring night,
but it was his leadership with the game on the line that sealed the
James scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and added
11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple double, to
lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 91-84 win over the Milwaukee
Bucks on Wednesday night.
James, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the
first half, took over in the fourth and led the Cavaliers to their
eighth win in nine games.
The Bucks led 67-62 after the third, but James erased that lead
with 11 points in a 16-0 run to start the fourth. His second
3-pointer of the surge pushed Cleveland's lead to 78-67 with 7:27
left to play.
"LeBron continues to amaze me," first-year coach Mike Brown
said. "He got a triple-double tonight which was awesome. It's easy
to take him for granted when he does because it just seems so
natural for him."
James kept Cleveland in control when he put back his own miss
after muscling in for the rebound that gave Cleveland an 83-71 lead
with 4:21 remaining.
James was 6-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from behind
the arc in the fourth. He grabbed six rebounds, five of them
defensive, had four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
"I got in a comfort level, and I took over the game," James
said. "My guys, you know, were with me."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had six of his 14 points in the fourth, Eric
Snow made two free throws, Marshall hit a 3-pointer and Mike Wilks
added a free throw, but it was James who did all the rest.
"I was letting my teammates carry me into the fourth quarter,
and I knew I was going to loosen up," said James. whose 11 assists
and rebounds were season-highs. "I was patient, and I was able to
make a run at it."
He feasted on the Bucks for the second time this season. He
scored a season-high 52 points in a 111-106 loss to the Bucks on
Dec. 10. The 21-year-old has averaged 30.6 points since that loss
with Cleveland going 8-2 during that span.
Donyell Marshall scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds off
the bench to help the Cavaliers snap a seven-game losing streak in
"We just missed shots, started off flat for the first five or
six minutes of the fourth quarter," said Michael Redd who led the
Bucks with 28 points on 6-for-22 shooting. "You can't do that.
You've got to stay on these guys--they're a sleeping giant."
The last time the Bucks' bench was scoreless was Nov. 27, 1970
against the New York Knicks.
The Cavaliers stopped Detroit's season-best nine-game winning
streak last Saturday and held the Eastern Conference leaders to
35.8 percent shooting from the field.
Against the Bucks, the Cavs were just as tough. Milwaukee shot
37.3 percent from the floor.
The only bad news for Cleveland was that it lost Larry Hughes
for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a broken finger.
Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said that one or two
screws would be inserted in the joint area of Hughes' right long
finger to close the fracture. The surgery will be done in Cleveland
later this week.
The 26-year-old guard, who signed with Cleveland before the
start of the season, is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging
16.2 points and 3.9 assists.
He started the first 28 games for the Cavaliers before missing
Wednesday night's game at Milwaukee.
Cleveland never let the lead slip below 13 until the final
minute when the Bucks made it close. Simmons' 3-pointer pulled
Milwaukee to 89-84 with 14.4 seconds left, but Snow answered with
two free throws for a seven-point lead to stop Milwaukee.
G Damon Jones made his first start of the season for
Cleveland when he replaced Hughes in the lineup. ... Bucks guard
T.J. Ford missed his third consecutive game with a left midfoot