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Milwaukee at Cleveland

Bucks win one away from home, snap eight-game road skid to Cavs

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CLEVELAND -- The Milwaukee Bucks are 1-for-LeBron.

Michael Redd scored a season-high 34 points, Mo Williams added 20 and the Bucks ended a seven-game losing streak against Cleveland with their first road victory, 111-107 against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

The Bucks hadn't beaten the Cavs since Dec. 10, 2005. They also snapped an eight-game losing streak in Cleveland, where they had been winless since Jan. 6, 2003 -- the season before LeBron James arrived.

"We broke the road losing streak, the Cleveland losing streak. It means a lot," Redd said. "It was big for us to come in here and get a win. I think it's something we can build on."

The Bucks, who went only 1-15 in the Central Division last season, are 2-0 with victories against Cleveland and Chicago.

"We got beat up four times by the Cavs (last season), it's something we talked about during the summer," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "It wasn't just Cleveland. It was the whole division. We knew we needed to play better."

James finished with 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 44 minutes. He played the entire second half, and Cleveland's superstar nearly rallied the Cavs, who trailed 104-95 with 2:19 left after a basket by Williams.

James then converted a three-point play and, isolated defensively on Redd, he stripped Milwaukee's guard and raced down for a layup to bring Cleveland within four. A free throw by Daniel Gibson pulled the Cavs within three, but Redd, who scored 18 points in the third, dropped two free throws to put Milwaukee up 109-104.

Gibson, who scored a regular-season career-high 26, hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left but it was way too late for Cleveland, which gave up easy baskets all night. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who led by 14 in the first half but failed to put the Bucks away when they had the chance.

"We didn't defend," James said. "We have to find a way to defend better. We know what we have to do. We're not soul searching or anything like that."

No, but they are hurting.

Already shorthanded, the Cavaliers announced after the game that veteran forward Donyell Marshall will be out for two months with a badly sprained right wrist. The club is already missing starting guard Larry Hughes (bone bruise), forward Anderson Varejao (contract holdout) and forward Cedric Simmons (sprained ankle).

Reserve Charlie Villanueva had 17 points and Royal Ivey came off the bench and added 15 for the Bucks, who came in 4-0 at home and 0-4 on the road.

The last time Milwaukee beat the Cavs they were coached by George Karl and featured a starting lineup of Sam Cassell, Ray Allen, Joel Przybilla, Anthony Mason and Tim Thomas.

Redd was a reserve on that squad, but he's a star now, and he showed why during a dazzling third quarter.

After scoring 12 points in the opening half, Redd, who was courted in free agency by Cleveland a few years back, hit a quick 3-pointer early in the third and later scored 13 consecutive points as Milwaukee opened an 84-80 lead going into the fourth.

In the third, the former Ohio State star went 5-for-6 from the floor and made three 3-pointers.

Redd finished 15-for-20 from the free-throw line.

"I was just attacking," Redd said. "I was seeing the flow of the game and just being aggressive. I just took advantage of how they were guarding me. If they were going to guard me loosely, then attack."

The Bucks were able to get several easy baskets inside as they exploited Cleveland's thin frontline, especially Williams, who blasted down the lane for baskets without any defenders in his path.

"We know we are a much better team than we're showing right now," Cavs forward Drew Gooden said. "We saw what happened last year, what made us get to the finals. It's playing defense."

Notes

  • James is averaging 37.7 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his past three games.
  • Williams didn't have a turnover in 41 minutes.
  • It's only November, but at 29.2 points per game, James leads the NBA in scoring. He was asked if that might hold up until the end of the season. "No," he said. "A guy out in L.A. is not going to let anybody lead the league in scoring but him." Corey Maggette, right? Of course, James was referring to Kobe Bryant.
  • Krystkowiak has been impressed with Chinese rookie Yi Jianlian's adjustment to the NBA and a new culture. "He's fit in. Even though he's only 20, he's very mature. A lot of young kids come in the league and you can tell by looking at them they're kind of awed, but that hasn't been the case with him."
  • Cavs G Eric Snow was active for the first time this season but didn't play. He underwent knee surgery in October.
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Michael Redd breaks out for a season-high 34 points in the Bucks' first win at Cleveland since 2005.  (AP)
Michael Redd breaks out for a season-high 34 points in the Bucks' first win at Cleveland since 2005. (AP)

Scoreboard
Milwaukee (5-4) «21283527111
Cleveland (5-6) 31222727107
MIL:M. Redd 34 Pts
MIL:C. Villanueva 9 Reb
MIL:M. Williams 9 Ast
CLE:L. James 34 Pts
CLE:D. Gooden 13 Reb
CLE:L. James 7 Ast
Players of the Game
ClevelandMilwaukee

L. James

M. Redd
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
34773476
Milwaukee
M. Williams, PG417-155-869420
M. Redd, SG398-1515-2076134
A. Bogut, C375-92-252512
D. Mason, SF243-80-13006
Y. Jianlian, SF162-51-23015
C. Villanueva, PF276-114-490317
B. Simmons, SF221-60-03132
R. Ivey, PG156-73-432115
D. Gadzuric, C110-10-01120
C. Bell, SG90-30-02110
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
J. Voskuhl, CDid Not Play
A. Storey, SFDid Not Play
D. Noel, SFDid Not Play
R. Sessions, PGDid Not Play
Totals 38-8030-41422221111
 47.5%73.2% 
Cleveland
L. James, SF4411-2211-1277434
D. Gibson, PG379-153-424526
Z. Ilgauskas, C358-160-0120216
D. Gooden, PF343-85-6131411
S. Pavlovic, SG272-80-01535
I. Newble, SF260-12-22152
D. Brown, SG224-80-12049
D. Jones, PG141-30-00132
D. Jones, PF21-20-01012
D. Marshall, PFDid Not Play
E. Snow, PGDid Not Play
L. Hughes, SGDid Not Play
S. Brown, PGDid Not Play
C. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
D. Nichols, SFDid Not Play
Totals 39-8321-25401931107
 47.0%84.0% 
Other Games
SA 95 Final
Atl 83
LAL 134 Final
Ind 114
Phi 101 Final
Wash 116
GS 108 Final
NY 82
Tor 99 Final
Dal 105
Chi 91 Final
Den 112
Pho 100 Final
Sac 98