Bucks 121, Cavaliers 84

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 30, 2012
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Brandon Jennings scored 28 points and the Milwaukee Bucks routed Cleveland 121-84 Friday night, beating the Cavaliers for the sixth straight time. Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving scored 29 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sprained right shoulder. Irving was 11 for 20 from the field, including 6 for 6 on 3s. Ersan Ilyasova, who missed Tuesday's game because of back spasms, scored 20 points for the Bucks while Mike Dunleavy added 16 and shot 4 for 5 on 3-pointers. Jennings and Ilyasova didn't play in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee, which trailed New York by 2 1/2 games for the East's final playoff spot coming in, took the lead for good early in the first quarter. The Bucks scored the first 16 points of the second period and steadily built the lead throughout the game. Milwaukee's biggest margin was the game's final score. The Bucks shot 56.8 percent for the game and handed Cleveland its season high-tying sixth straight loss. Milwaukee, off the previous two days after playing five games in six nights, looked like a rested team. Cleveland led 10-8 before Milwaukee scored eight straight points. The Bucks, who led 35-26 after one quarter, began the second with their 16-0 run. Dunleavy and Jennings combined to score the Bucks' first 18 points of the quarter. Dunleavy, who hit three 3s, had 11 points during the run. Milwaukee missed its first 3-point attempt of the game, but hit its next eight. Milwaukee scored 71 points, its highest total in a half this season, and shot 61.4 in the first two quarters. Jennings finished the half with 21 points while Ilyasova and Dunleavy scored 18 and 14, respectively. Irving scored 21 points in the first half. Alonzo Gee added 19 for Cleveland while rookie Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 11 rebounds. NOTES: Milwaukee F Carlos Delfino (right groin strain) missed his second straight game and didn't make the trip to Cleveland. Coach Scott Skiles doesn't know if Delfino will play Saturday at New York. Luc Mbah a Moute started at small forward. ... Friday began a stretch of three games in fourth nights for the Bucks, who host Memphis on Saturday. ... Cavaliers C Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) participated in shooting drills Friday, but there's still no timetable for his return. Coach Byron Scott said Varejao, who hasn't played since Feb. 10, is wearing a brace on his wrist. ... Cleveland signed G Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract. He had been playing with Austin of the NBA's Development League. The Cavaliers are short in the backcourt following an injury to Daniel Gibson, who has a torn tendon in his foot and will likely miss the rest of the season.
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