Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/30/12
It was practically a perfect night for the Milwaukee Bucks in Cleveland Friday. In an absolutely dominating, 37-point win over the Cavaliers, Milwaukee shot 56.8 percent from the field while also making 10 of its 16 3-point attempts. Plus, the Bucks took care of the ball incredibly well, committing only six turnovers while finishing with 32 assists."We shot the ball so well," coach Scott Skiles said after the game on FOX Sports Wisconsin. "Our ball movement was good again. We had a very good offensive game. We had good vision (and) guys were getting the ball on time when they were ready to shoot."Brandon Jennings led the way for Milwaukee with 28 points, but he did not have to play at all in the fourth quarter due to the commanding lead. Ersan Ilyasova returned to the starting lineup, one game after having to sit out due to back spasms. Ilyasova appeared healthy as he finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.This win became even more important for the Bucks because the New York Knicks lost. Entering play Friday, the Knicks had a 2.5 game lead over Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot. But now New York is up by just 1.5 games with 15 still to play in the regular-season schedule.In the loss, surefire Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving had 29 points for the Cavs and made all six of his 3-point shots.But with a 27-point halftime lead for the Bucks, this game was in hand early."We wanted to come out in the second half and not even let them creep back into it," Skiles said. "You want to make sure you keep them at a distance. We were able to get some guys out of the game and hopefully come into the game tomorrow with a lot of energy."It is Saturday night's home matchup against a strong Memphis Grizzlies team (27-21) that made this margin of victory even more important. It allowed all of the Bucks' starters significant time to rest on the bench as Milwaukee's reserves finished up the final minutes.Carlos Delfino missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury. His status for Saturday against Memphis has not yet been determined.Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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