At one point in Friday night's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cavaliers, both teams looked as if they were cruising along in neutral — no life, no spark and no interest.
Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova started a barrage that his teammates soon followed and the Bucks looked as if they were going to blow the Cavs out of the building.
But the Cavs, moribund for the better part of three quarters, awakened and sped past the Bucks 113-108 courtesy of Kyrie Irving's game-high 35 points along with timely defense that allowed them to come back from a 20-point third-quarter deficit and a feisty second unit that capped things off.
"Pretty simple and I told my guys this tonight. Thank God for our second unit," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "I thought they came out with great effort in the first half and obviously they came out with terrific effort, defended. Not only got us back in the game, but got us the lead as well."
The Bucks set a blistering pace from behind the 3-point line throughout three quarters, connecting on better than 63 percent into the fourth quarter.
Ilyasova's three consecutive 3-pointers in the second quarter lit the fire that eventually put the Cavs behind by 20 points at 6:19 of the third quarter.
For those looking for defense, forget it.
Cavaliers 113, Bucks 108: Cavs erase 20-point deficit for win
Akron Beacon Journal | Jan 26