Kyrie Irving and LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers to win over Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving didn’t become weary of seeing the Milwaukee Bucks on consecutive days in December.
Indeed, he wouldn’t see any problems with playing them a couple of more times in late April, May or June when it makes a difference.
Irving had 31 points, and a career-high 13 assists and LeBron James scored 29 as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their second match in 24 hours over the Bucks, 113-102 on Wednesday.
The NBA champions were not at their best as Kevin Love didn’t gear up for the second time in a row with an injured left knee.
In addition, J.R. Smith sat out in the wake of breaking his right thumb on Tuesday at Milwaukee. Smith needs surgery and will join the Cavs after an operation and a recovery.
Both players were scarcely missed as Cleveland’s two greatest stars compensated for the absences and the Cavs won for the eighth time in last nine matches. The only game they lost in this period, was the one at Memphis when James, Irving, and Love remained home to rest.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points and Jabari Parker 27 for the Bucks, who took the Cavs to extra time at home Tuesday. However, fell behind by 21 in the final quarter this time and couldn’t return.
Tristan Thompson included 15 rebounds for Cleveland.
Cavs mentor Tyronn Lue needed to rest Irving and James, who played 47 and 45 minutes separately in an over timed match.
Like Irving, James sees the Bucks as a group to watch later on and a credible challenger to the Cavs in the East. Perhaps not this season, but rather sooner or later.
Irving scored 14 in the 3rd quarter, topping the period with a three-point play to put Cleveland ahead by 15.
James made three 3-pointers in the second to give Cleveland a 51-35 lead. Lue, maybe worried about tiring his whiz, replaced him with Richard Jefferson.