LEBRON TO THE RESCUE: James lifts Cavaliers past Bucks

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) points to where he wants his team mates to move against Toronto Raptors in the first half at Air Canada Centre.

LeBron James had a big night beyond the arc and capped it with three pivotal points.

James buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in overtime as the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night to avenge a late November loss.

“It’s something I practise before the game, it’s something I do on practice days and I was shooting the ball extremely well tonight from the perimeter,” said James, who matched his season high with five 3-pointers. “So, I just trust it. I trust in what I’ve been doing and the work I’ve been putting into it and knock it down.”

Milwaukee took a 108-107 lead on a tip-in by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1:12 left. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer from the left corner on the next possession, but Jabari Parker’s lay-in attempt at the other end curled out.

James was fouled on the rebound by Antetokounmpo, his sixth. James then hit the deep 3-pointer to put Cleveland up 110-108.

“That 3 hurt us,” Parker said. “He’s the best player in the world. He doesn’t care how far it is. You’ve got to respect him.”

Parker was fouled on a layup attempt on the ensuing possession, but missed both free throws. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 seconds left to make it 112-108.

James had 34 points and Irving 28 for Cleveland, which had lost at Milwaukee 118-101 on November 29. Parker had 30 points and Antetokounmpo added 25. The two teams were expected to meet again yesterday night in Cleveland.

“Jabari took advantage of some of our smaller guys when we had them on him, getting to the basket, kind of being physical,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “So we’ve got to do a better job with that match-up.”

The Bucks scored the final seven points of regulation to send it into overtime tied at 100.

Parker scored on a drive to put Milwaukee up 104-102, but Richard Jefferson was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all three free throws to put Cleveland back ahead 105-104. Antetokounmpo answered with a short jumper from the lane to put the Bucks in front 106-105.

Jefferson scored on a baseline drive, but Antetokounmpo made a tip-in to give the Bucks the 108-107 lead with 1:12 left.

The Cavaliers took a 100-93 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer with 2:32 left in regulation, but Greg Monroe’s inside basket and Tony Snell’s 3-pointer cut it to 100-98 with 47 seconds remaining.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Arsene Wenger sends a powerful message to Tottenham ahead of North London derby

Arsene Wenger has directed a warning to Tottenham ahead of today’s North London derby.

Gor Mahia face deflated Mathare United in league tie

Gor Mahia play Mathare United this afternoon at Thika Municipal Stadium.

Paarwater names Kenya Simba rugby team: Khayange out, thirteen new players called up to the squad

Kenya Simba coach Jerome Paarwater has included thirteen debutants in his final 36-man squad for this year’s international assignments.

Chelsea face Everton in what could define their title hunt

The title race is on in the Premier League with only four points separating Chelsea and Tottenham.

Why Spurs can finish above Arsenal for the first time in the Wenger era if they win today

Spurs can finish above Arsenal for the first time in the Arsene Wenger era if they win today St Totteringham’s Day has plagued Tottenham for two decades now, but today Spurs can ensure Arsenal fans do not get their annual celebration.

Posta Ranges hold Leopards in Nakuru

A ten man Posta Rangers side drew 1-1 against AFC Leopards in yesterday’s Kenyan Premier League match at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.

More Stories
Warriors come out swinging, complete sweep of Trail Blazers

The Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs in emphatic style on Monday, with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Irving shines as Cavs take grip on Pacers

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a fierce late fightback from the Indiana Pacers to hold on for a 117-111 victory and take a 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference playoff duel on Monday.

Knicks soap opera still playing in off-season

The off-season is bringing no respite for the dysfunctional New York Knicks.

Basketball: Laiser Hill rule basketball court to bag title

Laiser Hill Academy were the victors of the much hyped boys basketball battle of the hills as curtains fell on this year’s Secondary Schools National Term One Games at State House Girls, Nairobi.

Battle for national title intensifies: Coast-based Kaya Tiwi set to face Buru Buru Girls in thrilling tie

Fireworks are expected as the Brookside Secondary Schools National Term One Games enter the knockout stage today at Nairobi School and State House Girls.

Hawks sting Hornets, set playoff date with Wizards

The Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 103-76 on Tuesday with 19 points and 12 rebounds from center Dwight Howard to set an NBA playoff date with the Washington Wizards.

Basketball Kaya Tiwi inch closer to title

National and East Africa secondary schools girls’ basketball champions Kaya Tiwi inched closer to retaining their title after securing a place in Friday’s semi-finals.

NBA: All-time triple-double leaders

List of the NBA's all-time leaders in triple-doubles after Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook set the single-season record of 42 on Sunday:

Westbrook breaks venerable triple-double record with a flourish

Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the NBA season -- then broke the Denver Nuggets with a buzzer-beating three-pointer in a 106-105 Thunder triumph.