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NBA: Bucks hold off Cavaliers

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 11:13 PM
AP Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) celebrates with Khris Middleton (22) after making a basket and being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 119-116.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks have blown big fourth-quarter leads far too many times this season, leading to disheartening losses.

The Bucks wasted another sizable advantage in the final period Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but fought back this time to capture a 119-116 win.

"It was a big step for our team. It shows maturity," said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Bucks with 27 points. "Usually, in a situation like that, we give the game away."

Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points for Milwaukee, who ended a five-game losing streak to Cleveland. Khris Middleton had 18 points and 10 assists, and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 16 points.

"We kind of bent but we didn't break," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "Giannis made plays down the stretch. We stayed together. We are playing against one of the best teams in the world."

LeBron James scored 39 points for Cleveland, which lost for just the second time in its last 20 games. James had seven assists but grabbed just one rebound in the waning seconds. Kevin Love finished with 21 points.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At home against Chicago tonight. Cleveland won the first two games of the season series.

Bucks: Host Charlotte tomorrow night before playing the Hornets on the road on Saturday.

Other results on Tuesday: Sacramento 101 Philadelphia 95; Washington 116 New Orleans 106.