Irving, Cavaliers outlast Bucks in OT

Updated: December 20, 2013

Cleveland, OH ( – Kyrie Irving poured in a game-high 39
points and had six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111
overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jarrett Jack netted 17 points, C.J. Miles had 15 and Earl Clark added 14
points for Cleveland, which stopped a two-game losing streak. Tristan
Thompson scored 10 points and had 15 rebounds.

O.J. Mayo scored 20 points and had seven rebounds, John Henson had 18 points
and 10 rebounds and Brandon Knight added 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight
assists for the Bucks, who have lost five straight. Khris Middleton
contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.

With his team trailing by four points in overtime, Mayo nailed a 3-pointer to
bring the Bucks within one, 112-111, with 17.9 seconds left.

Irving then knocked down a pair of free throws to put Cleveland back up by
three with 10.3 seconds left. Mayo missed two 3-point attempts that would have
tied the game, one with 3.9 seconds left and the other as time expired.

The Cavaliers were paced in overtime by Irving as he made the first two
buckets for Cleveland, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. Irving hit the
first a minute into overtime and the other 28 seconds later to give Cleveland
a 102-98 lead.

With 2.8 seconds left in regulation, trailing by two, Irving drove to the
basket but missed the layup as the defense collapsed on him. Thompson,
however, was right behind him for the tip-in to tie the game with 1.8 seconds
left to send it into overtime.

Milwaukee chipped away at the Cavaliers’ lead throughout the fourth until a
Henson reverse layup tied the game, 92-92, with 3:45 to play.

The Bucks led 12-6 4:31 into the game before an Irving layup sparked a
19-2 outburst by the Cavaliers. A Mayo layup halted the run with 1:23
left in the quarter.

The layup by Mayo began a 12-0 surge for Milwaukee to end the first quarter.
Milwaukee led, 26-25, after Cleveland led by as many as 11 points before the
run that closed out the quarter.

During the second quarter of action the largest lead for either team was five
points, when Cleveland led twice, once at the 9:56 mark and again with 8:07
left in the half.

In the last 1:30 of the half the teams traded the final five made baskets to
make the score 47-47 as they headed to the locker room.

The start to the second half was similar to the end of the first. The teams
traded baskets for much of the quarter. There were five ties and three lead

The largest advantage of the third quarter for either team came 2:07 into the
quarter. Cleveland led by five at that time but Milwaukee took the lead during
a 9-0 run, 57-55, after a Giannis Antetokounmpo 3-pointer with 7:39 to play in
the third.

The teams stayed within four points of each other the rest of the quarter and
went into the fourth tied, 70-70.

Game Notes

Cleveland will travel to Chicago to play the Bulls Saturday … Milwaukee
hosts the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday … The Cavaliers have won five of their
last six home games … The Bucks shot 40-for-100 and the Cavaliers shot 39-
for-100 from the field.