Banged up, battered and bruised, the Milwaukee Bucks found a way to get the job done yet again.
Playing down three players, with three more fighting to play through injuries and illness, Milwaukee won its fourth straight game. Forcing 27 turnovers, the most by an opponent since 2003, the Bucks did just enough to squeak out a 90-86 victory in Cleveland.
While the headlines will rightfully belong to Monta Ellis' season-high 33 points, Ersan Ilyasova's contribution was just as important. Looking more and more like the player he was last season, Ilyasova battled inside, keeping balls alive and creating extra possessions in the fourth quarter.
With 3:06 left and the Bucks up 84-80, Ilyasova drew a big charge on Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. On the other end, Ilyasova scrapped in the paint to keep an offensive rebound alive, tipping it to Larry Sanders who then found Ellis for a baseline jumper and a big four-point swing.
"The charge was big," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "He was ve...