Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Saturday, December 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 4th
Game 3: Saturday, January 7th
Game 4: Monday, February 6th

Cavaliers 91

(19-10, 6-7 away)

Bucks 84

(17-12, 9-6 home)

7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2006

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 19 23 20 2991
MIL 25 21 21 1784

Top Performers

Cle: L. James 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 11 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

Mil: A. Bogut 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

LeBron's triple-double paces Cavs past Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- LeBron James had another great scoring night, but it was his leadership with the game on the line that sealed the victory.

James scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his sixth career triple double, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 91-84 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

James, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the first half, took over in the fourth and led the Cavaliers to their eighth win in nine games.

The Bucks led 67-62 after the third, but James erased that lead with 11 points in a 16-0 run to start the fourth. His second 3-pointer of the surge pushed Cleveland's lead to 78-67 with 7:27 left to play.

"LeBron continues to amaze me," first-year coach Mike Brown said. "He got a triple-double tonight which was awesome. It's easy to take him for granted when he does because it just seems so natural for him."

James kept Cleveland in control when he put back his own miss after muscling in for the rebound that gave Cleveland an 83-71 lead with 4:21 remaining.

James was 6-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc in the fourth. He grabbed six rebounds, five of them defensive, had four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

"I got in a comfort level, and I took over the game," James said. "My guys, you know, were with me."

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had six of his 14 points in the fourth, Eric Snow made two free throws, Marshall hit a 3-pointer and Mike Wilks added a free throw, but it was James who did all the rest.

"I was letting my teammates carry me into the fourth quarter, and I knew I was going to loosen up," said James. whose 11 assists and rebounds were season-highs. "I was patient, and I was able to make a run at it."

He feasted on the Bucks for the second time this season. He scored a season-high 52 points in a 111-106 loss to the Bucks on Dec. 10. The 21-year-old has averaged 30.6 points since that loss with Cleveland going 8-2 during that span.

Donyell Marshall scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench to help the Cavaliers snap a seven-game losing streak in Milwaukee.

"We just missed shots, started off flat for the first five or six minutes of the fourth quarter," said Michael Redd who led the Bucks with 28 points on 6-for-22 shooting. "You can't do that. You've got to stay on these guys--they're a sleeping giant."

Bobby Simmons added 18 for Milwaukee and Jamaal Magloire had 13 points and 12 rebounds. However, the Bucks bench went scoreless.

The last time the Bucks' bench was scoreless was Nov. 27, 1970 against the New York Knicks.

The Cavaliers stopped Detroit's season-best nine-game winning streak last Saturday and held the Eastern Conference leaders to 35.8 percent shooting from the field.

Against the Bucks, the Cavs were just as tough. Milwaukee shot 37.3 percent from the floor.

The only bad news for Cleveland was that it lost Larry Hughes for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a broken finger.

Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said that one or two screws would be inserted in the joint area of Hughes' right long finger to close the fracture. The surgery will be done in Cleveland later this week.

The 26-year-old guard, who signed with Cleveland before the start of the season, is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points and 3.9 assists.

He started the first 28 games for the Cavaliers before missing Wednesday night's game at Milwaukee.

Cleveland never let the lead slip below 13 until the final minute when the Bucks made it close. Simmons' 3-pointer pulled Milwaukee to 89-84 with 14.4 seconds left, but Snow answered with two free throws for a seven-point lead to stop Milwaukee.

Game notes

G Damon Jones made his first start of the season for Cleveland when he replaced Hughes in the lineup. ... Bucks guard T.J. Ford missed his third consecutive game with a left midfoot sprain.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 84
FGM-FGA 34-82 (.415) 31-83 (.373)
3PM-3PA 7-22 (.318) 5-19 (.263)
FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 17-20 (.850)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-48 9-43
Assists 23 17
Turnovers 14 17
Steals 7 7
Blocks 7 2
Fast Break Points 10 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 14 11

Top Performers

LeBron James James
Points: 32
Reb: 11
Ast: 11
Stl: 5
Blk: 1
Andrew Bogut Bogut
Points: 14
Reb: 13
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 1