The Cleveland Cavaliers were in a battle with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Cleveland didn’t have one of their best defensive games and Milwaukee had the home court bounce on their side as they shot 50% from the field, 56% from three and 92% from the line in a 109-104 road loss for the Cavs.With the loss the Cavaliers fall to 2-3 and are still searching for their first road win.
The Milwaukee Bucks were shorthanded as regular starters Brandon Knight, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova did not play due to injury. Gary Neal came off the bench for Milwaukee and scored 23 points. The Bucks were led in scoring by O.J. Mayo as Mayo dropped 28 points including 6-7 from beyond the arc.
Cleveland was down 83-79 after three quarters and were down by seven points in the final two minutes. Kyrie Irving started putting on a show as at one point he scored the Cavaliers last 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as the ball bounced off his foot and out of bounds with just seconds remaining. Irving scored a game high 29 with eight dimes and five boards. Dion Waiters dropped 21 points, but shot 6-11 from the free throw line.
A few bright spots for the Cavaliers include first overall pick Anthony Bennett scored his first NBA points. Bennett shot 1-5 from the field with three points and the smile on his face after his first career basket was a priceless moment. Andrew Bynum played 14 minutes and four points with four rebounds. Bynum still seems to be getting his groove as it is obvious he didn’t play a game last season. As the season continues Bynum should get his legs underneath him which will translate into better offensive looks and he should be quicker on defense. Early on in the game, Waiter was attacking and it really was a great sign to see him attack the basket.
It is disappointing that Cleveland could not pick up their first road win of the season as a team with playoff aspirations should not be losing to the Milwaukee Bucks or Charlotte Bobcats.