After being sick for two days, after scoring 39 points in 42 minutes and after making the two clinching free throws with 10.3 seconds left in overtime of the Cavaliers 114-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at The Q, all Kyrie Irving wanted to do was lay down.

"I'm not even going to lie, I'm tired,'' Irving said after the Cavs improved to 10-15, 8-4 at home. "I really just way to lay down right now. I'm here for my teammates. They bring the juice, and without my teammates I wouldn't be able to do it.''

Jarrett Jack added 17 points, C.J. Miles had 15 points and Earl Clark added 14 points. Tristan Thompson contributed 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Anderson Varejao had 13 rebounds to go with 5 points.

O.J. Mayo had 20 points and John Henson added 18 as the Bucks slipped to 5-21. In spite of their record, they gave the short-handed Cavaliers all they could handle in a game that was close throughout.

"They played with a great rhythm throughout the whole entire game,'' said Irving, who appeared to be close to throwing up after a fourth-quarter collision with Milwaukee's Brandon Knight. "They have solid players on their team. At times, they go on runs and we just can't stop them. Then we go on our run. It comes down to the wire with the Bucks every single time. It's a divisional game. We expect it to be like that -- hard fought. I'm just glad we could close it out this time.''

The Bucks actually beat the Cavs, 109-104, on Nov. 6 in Milwaukee after Cleveland had taken a 104-103 lead with a minute to go.

This game was every bit as close as the statistics indicate. The Cavs, missing Dion Waiters (right wrist tendinitis) and rookie Anthony Bennett (sick), shot 37.9 percent, the Bucks shot 36.6. The Cavs had 11 turnovers, the Bucks had 10. The Cavs had 40 rebounds, the Bucks had 37. No wonder the score was tied at halftime, 47-47, and after three quarters, 70-70.

Cleveland scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter but could not pull away from Milwaukee. Every time the Cavs thought they had some space, they found the Bucks crowding back in.