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
United's Lukaku fined for Beverly Hills noise complaints

Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has agreed to pay $450 for a July incident where police were called to the home where he was staying after the Belgian failed to heed repeated noise warnings, a Los Angeles Superior Court clerk said on Tuesday.

Champions League: Besiktas into knockout stage for first time with Porto draw

Turkish champions Besiktas reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time as they fought back for a 1-1 draw at home to Porto in their penultimate Group G match on Wednesday.

KPL: Kariobangi Sharks, Zoo Kericho, Nzoia Sugar and Nakumatt overcome baptism by fire to avoid relegation

One of the greatest stories of this year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season is the fact that all the four teams that were promoted last season avoided the drop.

Gor Mahia legend Timothy Ayieko passes on

Uganda football federation confirmed the death of the former Uganda Cranes player stating that burial arrangements will be communicated.

Tonight’s Champions League Predictions

ViewTonight’s Champions League Predictions

Everton's Niasse charged with 'deception', facing two-game ban

Everton striker Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be charged with “successful deception of a match official” on Tuesday after diving to win a penalty in a match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and could be banned for two games.

More Stories
Basketball: Ulinzi Warriors have KBF title in crosshairs

Former champions Ulinzi Warriors showed intentions to reclaim the Kenya Basketball Federation league as they staged a good show in the national play-offs last weekend.

Basketball: Kenyans feel the heat in Angola

And unlucky Zetech University falter in play-offs at home.

Basketball: Zetech continue with mixed signals in the league

Zetech University scrapped a half-basket win as they edged out University of Nairobi Terror 44-43 in the Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Division One League at Upper Hill School at the weekend.