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LeBron gets triple-double, Cavs beat Bucks without Lue

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James made certain another news-filled day ended with his own headline.

James scored 40 points as part of his third triple-double in four games and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on Monday night as coach Tyronn Lue began his leave of absence to address health issues.

Lue said Monday in a statement he been dealing with chest pains and loss of sleep, and that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is. Associate head coach Larry Drew will run the team in Lue's absence.

Lue's departure came several hours before Kevin Love returned after missing six weeks because of a broken left hand. The All-Star forward scored 18 points in 25 minutes.

Losing their coach while getting back a star player seems to fit the narrative of this turbulent season. The Cavaliers (41-29) are third in the Eastern Conference and have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distractions as they try to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight time.

''If it's not one thing, it's another,'' James said.

James scored 17 points in the third quarter and finished with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 16th triple-double this season and 71st of his career.

The four-time MVP took over in the third beginning with back-to-back 3-pointers. After not getting a foul called on a third attempt, he finished Cleveland's next possession with a massive dunk. He was fouled attempting another dunk and made both free throws the following time down.

James expressed his displeasure, as did the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, after the officials didn't call a foul when he attempted his third 3-pointer. He quickly took out his frustration on the next two possessions.

James is trying to use humor in dealing with the lack of calls.

''I got hit in the head three times today, got elbowed in the nose,'' he said. ''It is what it is at this point. I went to keep pushing and try not to get caught up in the battle with the calls that should be called.''

Milwaukee cut a 17-point lead to 117-109, but James drove the length of the floor for a dunk with just over a minute left.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 37 points and went 11 for 11 at the foul line for Milwaukee, which fell to eighth in the Eastern Conference after Miami defeated Denver.

James' performance led to Antetokounmpo having an unusual postgame conversation.

''I was talking to myself taking a shower, asking what I did wrong because he was the first player to score 40 on me,'' he said. ''He's the best player in the world.''

Khris Middleton had 30 points, making 11 of 16 from the field.

Lue, 40, led Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season.

No timetable has been given for when Lue will return. He missed the second half Saturday, the second time this season he left a game because he wasn't feeling well. Lue also sat out a game against Chicago at home in December.

NICE RETURN

Love was pleased with the results in his first game since Jan. 30.

''I felt pretty good,'' he said. ''Initially, that first wind is always tough, but even after that I felt like my legs were underneath me and that I could've played a little bit more.''

GOING OUT ON A HIGH NOTE

The Cavaliers honored former Browns tackle Joe Thomas, who attended the game after holding a retirement press conference Monday. James embraced Thomas, who received a standing ovation in an on-court tribute during a timeout.

James wanted to acknowledge Thomas, who is certain to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

''He's a legend around here, that's for sure,'' James said. ''He'll be in the Hall very soon. The good thing for him is he won't have to travel very far. It's right down the street.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: Antetokounmpo picked up his second foul at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter and went to the bench. He scored 10 points in the second, including a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Eric Bledsoe. ... C Tyler Zeller (sore ribs) missed his second straight game.

Cavaliers: G Kyle Korver scored 12 points after missing Saturday's game because of a family matter. He's also been dealing with a sore right foot. ... Drew hopes F Tristan Thompson, who hasn't played since March 3 because of a sprained right ankle will return this week. ... Larry Nance Jr. (sore right hamstring), Rodney Hood (strained lower back) and Cedi Osman (strained left hip flexor) are also out.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Wednesday.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
L. James
23 SF
37.1 Min. Per Game 37.1
27.1 Pts. Per Game 27.1
9.0 Ast. Per Game 9.0
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
53.2 Field Goal % 54.5
52.9 Three Point % 54.4
76.2 Free Throw % 72.1
  Defensive rebound by J.R. Smith 0:00
  Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Kyle Korver made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
  Team rebound 0:09
  Kyle Korver missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:09
  Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:13
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 0:13
  Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Offensive rebound by Thon Maker 0:18
  Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
Team Stats
Points 117 124
Field Goals 45-88 (51.1%) 43-87 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 8-31 (25.8%) 15-38 (39.5%)
Free Throws 19-20 (95.0%) 23-27 (85.2%)
Total Rebounds 41 51
Offensive 8 12
Defensive 24 30
Team 9 9
Assists 26 24
Steals 11 4
Blocks 7 6
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 24 17
Technicals 0 0
37 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST
40 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Bucks 37-33 25322832117
home team logo Cavaliers 41-29 26382931124
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 37-33 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 41-29 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
G. Antetokounmpo PF 37 PTS 11 REB 5 AST
L. James SF 40 PTS 12 REB 10 AST
51.1 FG% 49.4
25.8 3PT FG% 39.5
95.0 FT% 85.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 38 37 11 5 1 0 2 4 13/20 0/2 11/11 3 8 57 -1
K. Middleton 37 30 5 2 2 1 3 5 11/16 5/9 3/3 1 4 39 -2
E. Bledsoe 34 13 3 8 2 2 5 4 5/15 1/8 2/3 0 3 31 -1
T. Snell 31 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 2/8 1/7 0/0 0 1 10 0
J. Henson 20 4 4 2 1 1 0 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 14 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 38 37 11 5 1 0 2 4 13/20 0/2 11/11 3 8 57 -1
K. Middleton 37 30 5 2 2 1 3 5 11/16 5/9 3/3 1 4 39 -2
E. Bledsoe 34 13 3 8 2 2 5 4 5/15 1/8 2/3 0 3 31 -1
T. Snell 31 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 2/8 1/7 0/0 0 1 10 0
J. Henson 20 4 4 2 1 1 0 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 14 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Parker 25 12 6 3 2 1 4 3 5/10 1/3 1/1 2 4 23 -14
T. Maker 23 12 1 0 3 1 0 4 5/10 0/2 2/2 1 0 17 +9
B. Jennings 13 4 0 4 0 1 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 12 -6
J. Terry 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
S. Brown 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -2
M. Brogdon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 117 32 26 11 7 15 24 45/88 8/31 19/20 8 24 204 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 40 40 12 10 2 1 6 2 16/29 3/7 5/8 5 7 69 +4
K. Love 24 18 7 4 0 2 2 0 5/13 4/9 4/4 2 5 33 0
J. Green 40 14 0 3 1 1 2 2 5/8 0/2 4/4 0 0 20 +4
K. Korver 27 12 6 0 0 0 0 2 4/8 3/6 1/2 0 6 18 +8
G. Hill 20 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 3 9 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 40 40 12 10 2 1 6 2 16/29 3/7 5/8 5 7 69 +4
K. Love 24 18 7 4 0 2 2 0 5/13 4/9 4/4 2 5 33 0
J. Green 40 14 0 3 1 1 2 2 5/8 0/2 4/4 0 0 20 +4
K. Korver 27 12 6 0 0 0 0 2 4/8 3/6 1/2 0 6 18 +8
G. Hill 20 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 3 9 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 28 17 2 1 1 0 0 3 5/11 3/7 4/4 0 2 22 +4
A. Zizic 16 13 6 0 0 1 0 4 4/6 0/0 5/5 4 2 20 +7
J. Smith 22 5 3 1 0 0 2 4 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 3 8 +2
J. Calderon 18 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 2 12 +4
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nance Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Osman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 124 42 24 4 6 13 17 43/87 15/38 23/27 12 30 211 +35