The Cavaliers win against the Bucks on the road (116-97.)
The Bucks has the upper hand early in this first quarter, but then game stayed close throughout the first half. The Cavaliers were gaining momentum at the end of the second quarter with tough defense (Crowder in particular with a tough assignment, guarding a great player in Giannis.) The momentum gained later continued in the third quarter. Through two quarters the Cavaliers has only 10 assists. LeBron, the “main” ball handler was also patient in the first half. He wasn’t aggressive until later on as well.
Third quarter : “Korver Kounter” . Korver caught fire, making 3 three pointers in less than 2 minutes of playing time. Jeff Green made a floater at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers the largest lead of the night at this point (13 point lead.) At this time it was time to put the game away because the Bucks weren’t going away quietly.
Tristan Thompson showed his value in the 4th quarter with rebounding. It was a beautiful sequence in the 4th quarter. LeBron blocked Giannis, which led to LeBron 3-pointer; then Kevin Love blocked Monroe, which led to LeBron dishing it to the Henny God for 3. The block party is over here. 🙌 The Bucks are a fighting team but closing time came pretty quickly. The Cavaliers put the game out of reach. Unlike the season opener, the Cavaliers were draining some of their jump shots. The game slowed up a bit at the end due to foul calls, and timeouts but the Cavs secured it. ⚔️
LeBron: 24 points 10/16 FG, 2/4 3P, 5 reb, 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.
Kevin Love: 17 points 5/12 FG, 12 reb, 6 assists, 2 blocks.
Kyle Korver: 17 points 6/7 FG, 5/6 3P, 3 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Jae Crowder: 14 points 6/8 FG, 2/2 3P, 4 reb, 1 steal.
Derrick Rose: 12 points 3/4 FG, 2 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals.
Jeff Green: 10 points 4/7 FG, 1 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal.
Tristan Thompson: 8 points 4/6 FG, 8 reb.
JR Smith: 7 points 3/11 FG, 1/6 3P, 3 reb, 2 assists.
Dwyane Wade: 4 points 2/7 FG, 2 reb, 3 assists, 1 steal.
Channing Frye: 3 points 1/1 FG, 1/1 3P, 1 reb, 1 assist.