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
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.
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
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.
After staving off elimination in the game before, the Heat seized control of this one from the get-go and will move on in the East playoffs.
While the Hornets do not have a series victory to show for their efforts, the work Steve Clifford did to get Charlotte to this point is impressive.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr explains how not having Steph Curry for most of their series against Houston has carried over to this round against Portland. Kerr also examines how Draymond Green has been able to adjust and help the team.