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Antetokounmpo scores 27, Bucks hold off Cavaliers 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 sizeable 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, which 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.

After a slow start, the Bucks got to the Cavaliers for 39 second-quarter points. Milwaukee cracked the 100-point barrier early in the fourth, but then stalled.

Milwaukee led 103-83 when Cleveland launched a furious comeback with James on the bench. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Dwyane Wade put the Cavaliers up 107-105, capping a 24-3 run and giving the visitors their first lead since the second quarter.

''Obviously, tonight (Wade) showed what he's capable of still doing,'' James said. ''It's a luxury having a guy like that coming off the bench.''

A 3-pointer by Brogdon put the Bucks back in front with 3:38 remaining. A traditional three-point play by James put the Cavaliers ahead 113-112 with about two minutes left.

Tony Snell responded with a 3-pointer for Milwaukee with 58.9 seconds remaining. After a Cleveland miss, Antetokounmpo grabbed a loose ball, hit a short shot and was fouled. His free throw gave the Bucks a 117-113 lead with 5.9 seconds to go.

Wade finished with 14 points for Cleveland, and Jeff Green had 13.

Milwaukee took its first lead early in the second quarter at 41-40 with Love and James on the bench. The Bucks remained hot even after the duo returned and at one point extended their advantage to 14. They led 69-58 at the half, sparked by 17 points from Middleton, who had a four-point play, as well as a 14-2 advantage in fast-break points.

UNTIMELY FOULS

Kyle Korver fouled Antetokounmpo as he attempted a desperation 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter. Antetokounmpo made all three free throws to pull Milwaukee within four points. Wade fouled Antetokounmpo with less than one second left in the third. He sank both free throws to give the Bucks a 15-point lead.

BYE-BYE BRADLEY CENTER?

Barring a playoff matchup, Wade likely played his last game at the Bradley Center, where he starred for Marquette, which shares the facility with the Bucks. The teams will move into a new arena next season.

''I've had a lot of amazing moments here,'' Wade said. ''Every time I come here and look up and see that jersey up there in the rafters, I definitely know I did something special in this city and this arena. If this was the last game, I need a piece of this building because it's very special to me and to my basketball career.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Wade was 5 for 10 from the field after sitting out Sunday night's game against Washington to rest. ''Something with his knee has been going on, and if he needs to take off, then we understand that,'' coach Tyronn Lue said. ... The Cavs scored at least 100 points for the 25th straight game.

Bucks: Jabari Parker, who is recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, practiced with Milwaukee's G League affiliate for the second consecutive day. Parker, who also tore his left ACL in December 2014, is not expected to be back on the court for the Bucks until February. ... Matthew Dellavedova, who missed 15 consecutive games with left knee tendinitis, returned to the active roster, as did Snell (left patellar tendinitis) and Jason Terry (left calf strain). ... G Sean Kilpatrick, signed to a two-way contract on Monday, dressed for the game. Kilpatrick appeared in 16 games for Brooklyn before being waived on Dec. 7.

UP NEXT

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

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

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
37.9 Min. Per Game 37.9
29.8 Pts. Per Game 29.8
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
10.5 Reb. Per Game 10.5
57.2 Field Goal % 54.5
56.9 Three Point % 54.4
77.5 Free Throw % 77.3
  Team rebound 0:00
  LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Defensive rebound by LeBron James 0:00
  Khris Middleton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Jae Crowder 0:01
+ 3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made free throw 0:05
  Shooting foul on Kyle Korver 0:05
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Tony Snell 0:26
Team Stats
Points 116 119
Field Goals 40-80 (50.0%) 43-82 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 16-41 (39.0%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 20-24 (83.3%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 44 44
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 30 32
Team 7 3
Assists 26 27
Steals 9 12
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 1 0
39 PTS, 1 REB, 7 AST
27 PTS, 14 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 23-9 34242533116
home team logo Bucks 16-13 30392921119
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 23-9 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Bucks 16-13 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 39 PTS 1 REB 7 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 27 PTS 14 REB 8 AST
50.0 FG% 52.4
39.0 3PT FG% 37.9
83.3 FT% 81.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 34 39 1 7 3 2 7 1 14/22 6/11 5/5 0 1 52 -7
K. Love 29 21 10 4 1 0 2 0 8/15 5/11 0/0 2 8 38 -9
J. Crowder 36 10 6 2 1 0 1 4 4/10 0/5 2/2 1 5 20 +5
J. Calderon 23 6 4 4 1 0 0 3 1/3 1/2 3/3 0 4 19 -6
J. Smith 17 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 6 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 34 39 1 7 3 2 7 1 14/22 6/11 5/5 0 1 52 -7
K. Love 29 21 10 4 1 0 2 0 8/15 5/11 0/0 2 8 38 -9
J. Crowder 36 10 6 2 1 0 1 4 4/10 0/5 2/2 1 5 20 +5
J. Calderon 23 6 4 4 1 0 0 3 1/3 1/2 3/3 0 4 19 -6
J. Smith 17 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 6 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 26 14 4 2 2 0 2 2 5/10 4/6 0/0 1 3 22 +3
J. Green 25 13 4 1 0 1 0 0 3/5 0/0 7/9 0 4 20 +1
T. Thompson 18 9 5 2 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 3/5 2 3 18 +7
K. Korver 23 2 2 2 0 0 0 4 1/7 0/4 0/0 1 1 8 +10
C. Osman 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 -10
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Frye - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 37 26 9 3 14 20 40/80 16/41 20/24 7 30 203 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 40 27 14 8 2 0 3 1 8/14 0/0 11/12 2 12 56 +3
E. Bledsoe 31 26 5 2 2 0 3 0 10/16 2/5 4/5 2 3 34 +1
K. Middleton 39 18 2 10 1 0 5 4 7/15 1/5 3/4 0 2 36 +2
J. Henson 28 15 6 2 2 1 1 1 7/11 0/0 1/2 2 4 27 -2
M. Dellavedova 10 6 0 0 1 0 1 3 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 6 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 40 27 14 8 2 0 3 1 8/14 0/0 11/12 2 12 56 +3
E. Bledsoe 31 26 5 2 2 0 3 0 10/16 2/5 4/5 2 3 34 +1
K. Middleton 39 18 2 10 1 0 5 4 7/15 1/5 3/4 0 2 36 +2
J. Henson 28 15 6 2 2 1 1 1 7/11 0/0 1/2 2 4 27 -2
M. Dellavedova 10 6 0 0 1 0 1 3 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 6 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 30 16 3 1 1 0 1 1 5/10 4/7 2/2 1 2 21 +3
T. Snell 23 8 4 0 1 0 0 2 3/7 2/6 0/0 0 4 13 +4
S. Brown 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 +8
T. Maker 14 1 5 3 1 1 0 4 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 3 14 0
D. Liggins 16 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 4 +1
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kilpatrick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 119 41 27 12 3 14 18 43/82 11/29 22/27 9 32 215 +15