Cavs remain winless despite LeBron's 31

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks finally got untracked in
the second half and pulled away from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Michael Redd scored 28 points and Keith Van Horn had 22 points
and 14 rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Cavaliers 102-88 in
their home opener Saturday night.

LeBron James scored 31 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland,
winless in three games this season. Jeff McInnis added 16 points
and Drew Gooden 12 for the Cavs.

The Cavaliers took advantage of the Bucks' 12 turnovers, eight
assists and poor shooting to lead 51-47 at the half.

Gooden's layup after a steal by James gave the Cavaliers a 63-60
lead midway through the third quarter, but Redd and VanHorn
wouldn't let the Bucks fall any farther behind.

"When we stopped turning the ball over and we were executing,
so it cut their transition game out," Van Horn said. "Therefore,
we were able to build the lead."

While the Bucks had only eight turnovers in the second half,
they had 12 more assists.

"We just started playing with more confidence," Redd said.

Van Horn and Mo Williams sparked a 14-0 run at the end of the
third quarter and beginning of the fourth.

Van Horn hit two 3-pointers and a basket and Williams, who had
11 assists, added four points as the Bucks took an 82-70 lead with
10:11 left.

ZaZa Pachulia gave the Bucks their biggest lead with two free
throws that made it 96-78 with 4:03 left.

The Cavaliers hurt their chances by missing 16 free throws,
while the Bucks missed only four.

James, who missed seven free throws, said the Cavaliers are
frustrated right now.

"We played well for most of the game, but just let it get away
from us," he said. "I take the defeat as hard as anyone on the

There were plenty of hard feelings after five technicals were
called. The Cavaliers were called for three and the Bucks two. The
Bucks' Joe Smith had a flagrant 1 foul when he clobbered James on a
drive to the basket in the fourth.

Robert Traylor fouled out and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had four fouls
and nine points for the Cavaliers.

James landed awkwardly on his left ankle on a drive to the
basket early in the second period. He stayed down briefly, but then
walked grimacing in pain to the foul line where he missed both
shots. Cleveland scrambled for the rebound and James tapped it in.

The Bucks, who their opener to Orlando on Wednesday night, are
playing without point guard T.J. Ford. He's recovering from neck
surgery last May.

"There's never been a timetable," Bucks coach Terry Porter
said, addressing a report that Ford would be out at least two

Game notes
Cavaliers reserve forward Scott Williams started the second
quarter and played 11 minutes. He left Thursday's game with an
injured right pinkie. ... The Bucks signed F Marcus Fizer, a free
agent, on Nov. 4 despite the fact he is recovering from a knee
injury. Porter speculated that Fizer is four to six weeks away from
returning to action. ... Bucks C Dan Gadzuric, who started 30 games
as a rookie in 2002-03 but none last season, made his second
consecutive start this season.


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