CLEVELAND (AP) -- When Ray Allen got hot against Cleveland, his
teammates kept giving him the ball.
Allen scored 27 points, including 13 during a decisive
third-quarter run, to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 106-94 victory
over the Cavaliers on Monday night.
"He got it going and I know when he gets that look, I'm getting
him the ball no matter what,'' Bucks guard Kevin Ollie said.
Allen hit three 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the third
quarter, including 13 in a 3:50 span when the Bucks turned a 65-62
lead into an 81-71 advantage.
"I haven't been shooting particularly well and my ankles are
hurting,'' said Allen, who missed one game Dec. 31 with a sore
"I had to stay aggressive. You hit your third shot and start
thinking ... then you make the fourth and you know it's on then.
When I'm shooting like that, it is important to bring everyone else
Tim Thomas added 20 points for the Bucks, who had lost four of
their previous five games, but improved to 3-0 against Cleveland
"We can beat that team and have one more chance this season,''
Cavs guard Darius Miles said. "Next season, I think we'll be
there, but this is a learning year.
"Their zone defense really messed us up. We were not looking
for that. We were not cutting through, held the ball and had too
many shot-clock violations.''
Milwaukee scored 23 points off 16 Cavs turnovers.
The Bucks played most of the second half without guard Sam
Cassell, who left with 4:46 to play in the third quarter with
tightness in his back.
"It's the lower back,'' Cassell said. "I didn't have any
strength in my legs and every shot I took was short. It's the first
time for this, but injuries are part of the game.''
Reserve forward Jason Caffey scored seven of Milwaukee's first
11 points to begin the fourth quarter and help hold off a Cleveland
Wagner hit two consecutive 3-pointers, followed by a 3 by Davis,
but Allen hit a 22-footer to put the Bucks back in command at
Cassell, who had scored 69 points in two previous wins over
Cleveland and is averaging 20.3 overall, played briefly in the
fourth quarter. He hit a 10-foot jumper to give Milwaukee a 102-92
lead, then went to the locker room with one minute to play. He
finished with eight points on 4-for-13 shooting.
The Bucks shot just 2-for-14 from 3-point range and were
outrebounded 29-19 in the first half, but led at the break 52-49.
Bucks forward Toni Kukoc, who had surgery on his right
thumb Dec. 2, said he will be re-evaluated by a doctor this week.
... Cavs forward Tyrone Hill, who sprained a finger on his right
hand Saturday night, started and had two points and 11 rebounds in
25 minutes. ... The Bucks shot 6-for-26 on 3-pointers. They had hit
16 of 33 on 3s in a 140-133 double-overtime win in Cleveland on
Dec. 9. ... Bucks forward Anthony Mason had his fifth double-double
of the season and second against the Cavs with 10 points and 11
rebounds. ... The Cavs play six road games before returning home
Jan. 21 against Orlando.
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