The Cleveland Cavaliers get back on track after their 112-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. These two playoff teams split back-to-back games with one another in an entertaining, back-and-forth matchup.
Cleveland’s defense really stood out against Milwaukee. They held both Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo to 22 points each and completely shut down Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez. Taking the Bucks’ top scorers out of the picture paved the way for this victory.
The Cavs’ win was fueled by a second-half surge in which they outscored the Bucks 58-43. Cleveland went away from the three-point shooting and ignited the offense by driving to the paint.
Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 32 points and shot 44% (12-27), four assists, and seven rebounds. He also grabbed two steals proving that his impact extends far beyond on offense.
Jarrett Allen continues to make franchise history. His double-double streak has now been extended to 14 games after JA finished the game with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Jan 26, 2024; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Caris LeVert (3) dunks during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports© Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland’s bench was another standout in the victory. The reserves scored 33 points with Caris LeVert leading the way with 12 points. Georges Niang contributed 10 and Sam Merrill has seven.
The Cavs have now won 9 of their last 10 games and have been one of the hottest teams since the calendar flipped to 2024. It won’t get easier from here though. Next up for the wine and gold is the Los Angeles Clippers who are the third seed in the Western Conference.