Milwaukee slips past Cavaliers 105-102 on buzzer beater
BY JUSTIN LADA
If you’ve lived in Cleveland long enough, or you’ve watched a Cleveland sports highlight on ESPN, you’ve seen this script before. The Cavs played a mostly solid wire to wire ball game. Despite playing well early and a frantic comeback, Cleveland was sunk by a late second three point heave by Brandon Jennings. The Cavs fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 105-102.
After some late heroics by Kyrie Irving it looked like the Cavs would be playing the Bucks for an extra five minutes. With seven seconds to go, Irving drove full court to the basket and got a bit of a friendly roll from the rim on a layup.
Irving score 13 of his team high 27 points in the fourth quarter, scoring all 13 points of his points in the final six minutes, going neck and neck with the Bucks to keep pace.
Unfortunately with that second seconds, the Bucks were able to inbound the ball at midcourt and gave Jennings enough time to put up a fade away three pointer to turn the knife in Cleveland’s back.
The Cavs came out in the first quarter playing with their hair on fire. Alonzo Gee set the pace for the wine and gold, as the Cavs pushed the ball up-court and remained aggressive throughout the game. Gee paced the Cavs in the first quarter with nine points, including a highlight reel alley-oop on a fast break and Irving with the dish.
But youth giveth and youth taketh. The Cavs inexperience and underwhelming bench reared their ugly heads in the second quarter. The Bucks opened with a 16-0 run. The Cavs turned the ball over three times before Irving sank their first point of the quarter with a free throw at 7:17 remaining. The Cavs faced a game high deficit of 13 points before making a run at the end of the second quarter and cutting the lead at six.
The Cavaliers bench was outscore 62-15 in the game, with the lone bright spot being Donald Sloan, who scored eight points, six of them with Irving being on the bench in foul trouble. The rest of the bench shot went 6-24 on the night.
Up until the fourth quarter, Anderson Varejao outscored Irving and the rest of the team. He wound up with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
Somehow the Cavs were unable to stop Mike Dunleavy. He shot five of six in the first half with 13 points, then poured in 16 more in the second half for a game high 29 points.
The Bucks scoring attack remained balanced all night, getting 94 points from Dunleavy, Monta Ellie, Brandon Jennings, Larry Sanders and Beno Udrih combined.
The Cavs got 18 from Gee and a total of 87 from their starting crew.. The Cavs only shot 44% in the first half, compared to 65% from the Bucks, mostly based on the Bucks hot run to start the second half.
Dion Waiters only contributed three first half points, taking just two shots It was Waiters who got the Cavs back in front however. After that disastrous start to the second quarter, the Cavs finally regained the lead with 10:45 to play in the third, hitting his only three pointer of the game.
Irving’s 13 point run in the fourth quarter to tie the game started with the Cavs down 96-95, but carried them through when they fell down by seven with 1:37 to play.
Jennings’ last shot was reviewed by the officials to make sure he got it off in time. At first, replays showed he did. But after the game Byron Scott stated that the clock didn’t start on time, giving Jennings’ more time to get the shot off. After closer looks at the replay later, it has appeared that the clock wasn’t started soon enough, but the officials could not be reached for comment after the game.
The Cavs fall to 1-2 on the year and start off a long west coast swing with a gut wrenching loss. They will try to rebound on Monday November, 5th at the Staples Center at 10:30pm, taking on the Los Angeles Clippers.
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