Bucks lose after two overtime periods
Despite playing 54 minutes, the result was just another loss for the Bucks’ guard and his teammates.
Milwaukee lost at Cleveland, 104-99, in two overtimes. Cleveland, the defending Eastern Conference champions, had lost eight of nine going into Monday night.
“It was a tough loss for us,” Redd said. “Give Cleveland credit. They made some big plays, but it’s a game we should have won. There’s no doubt about it.”
Redd led Milwaukee with 22 points. Mo Williams, who played 51 minutes, scored 18.
The Bucks have lost eight of 10.
Cleveland, meanwhile, celebrated the rare victory.
“Every win is good for a team, especially with our struggles lately,” said Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who led Cleveland with 31 points and became the youngest player to score 9,000 career points. “We still have some things to clean up, but it was good to get a win.”
James played 51 of 58 minutes in the marathon game. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored Cleveland’s first six points in the second overtime. The score was tied at 93 after the first overtime.
A basket by Ilgauskas gave the Cavaliers the lead. Williams’ 3-pointer put Milwaukee ahead before another basket by Ilgauskas made it 97-96 Cleveland. Ilgauskas, who scored 24 points, added a jumper from the top of the key at the 1:24 mark for a 99-96 lead. Williams made two free throws before James scored on a drive to put Cleveland ahead again by three.
Redd was fouled with 19.1 seconds left. He made the first shot, missed the second, but Andrew Bogut missed a point-blank return shot. Ilgauskas grabbed that rebound and the Cavaliers called time. After James made two free throws for a four-point lead, Williams shot an airball on a 3-point attempt and Daniel Gibson split a pair of free throws to put it away.
Gibson, who scored 12 points in 46 minutes, admitted the game became a grind.
“A lot of it is mental,” he said. “At that point, you’re tired and you might not have your legs, but you have to find a way to get through it and make plays.”
While James usually gets the headlines, Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak pointed to Ilgauskas’ contributions.
“We concentrated so much on LeBron, we forgot about Zydrunas,” he said. “When he shoots the ball like that, he’s tough to stop.”
Cleveland took a 91-87 lead in the first overtime, but baskets by Williams, Redd and Desmond Mason put the Bucks ahead by two with 40.4 seconds left before Devin Brown rebounded a missed shot in the lane and muscled it in to tie the game with 16 seconds to play.
Williams’ two free throws with 5.9 seconds left in regulation tied it at 85 and forced overtime. James missed on a drive to the basket as regulation expired.
Williams finished with 18 points. James was accidentally hit in the face late in regulation, but stayed in the game.
When he made a first-quarter free throw, James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 9,000 career points. He reached the plateau at 22 years, 352 days. James, who entered the game with 8,997 career points, took the record from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was 24 years, 127 days old when he reached 9,000.
“It’s an accomplishment,” he said. “It is the individual hard work I put in during the summer time. It translates into what I do now on the court during the season.”
Gibson returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game. Gibson was already having problems after a widsom tooth was removed last week and he was hit in the jaw in Friday’s game.
Devin Brown finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Desmond Mason scored 15 and Charlie Villanueva added 13 for Milwaukee.
Last updated: 10:50 am Thursday, December 13, 2012