"I've been getting good shots the whole month of November,''
Cassell said. "They just weren't going in for me.''
Cassell had been averaging 17.4 points and shooting 37 percent
since scoring a season-high 32 points in a loss at Minnesota on
Nov. 7. He made 10 of 17 shots Wednesday night, and 10 of 11 from
It was the largest margin of victory for Milwaukee, which also
set a season high for points after they scored a season low Monday
in an 86-81 loss at Phoenix.
"Michael was big, and then Sam took over,'' said Milwaukee
coach George Karl.
Cleveland, which is 1-9 on the road and hasn't won at all since
Nov. 5 at home against the Lakers, was led by Ricky Davis' 23
points. The Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the Eastern
Conference at 2-14, also got 19 points from Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
"We are getting tired of losing,'' Davis said. "We tried to
stop Sam, but we just couldn't do it. He killed us tonight. We
couldn't find a way to shut him down.''
Cavs rookie Dajuan Wagner, who had 17 points in his NBA debut
Tuesday, finished with five points.
"We struggled to score,'' said Cleveland coach John Lucas.
"That's our Achilles' heel. We were right there for a half but
couldn't keep it up for the game. We need a lot of practice time,
because it is going to be a long, long season for us.''
Cassell scored 12 consecutive points and finished with 16 in the
decisive third quarter.
Ilgauskas scored five straight points to cut Milwaukee's lead to
57-49 with 9:01 left in the third, but Cleveland quickly unraveled.
Redd made a steal and a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run, boosting
the Cavs' lead to 15 with 7:07 left.
"We came out more fired up in the second half,'' Redd said.
"Being at home helped out a lot after a long road trip. So we were
The 32-point margin was Milwaukee's largest of the season.
... The 80 points scored by Cleveland was a season low for a Bucks
opponent. ... Milwaukee activated C Joel Przybilla from the injured
list. He missed the first 13 games with bone spurs in his left
ankle. ... Marcus Haislip, who scored a season-high 10 points
Monday, sprained his right ankle and did not return for the second
half. ... Cleveland has scored fewer than 85 points in its last
seven games. ... Milwaukee is 6-1 when leading or tied after three
quarters. ... Cleveland is 0-8 against Eastern Conference teams.