It was a game the Milwaukee Bucks had to win, but they just couldn't put away the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

At least not until Monta Ellis decided to take over.

The Bucks' newly acquired guard hit all eight of his shots in the final 4 minutes, 32 seconds and scored his team's last 16 points, lifting Milwaukee to a 107-98 victory over the Cavaliers at the Bradley Center.

The victory moved the Bucks (26-28) within one game of the New York Knicks (27-27) for eighth place and the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference and within three games of Philadelphia (29-25) for seventh place.

"The shots just were going down," Ellis said. "When I feel like that, it feels amazing. My team and coach (Scott Skiles) had the confidence to keep going to me, and I was just making shots."