The Cleveland Cavaliers reminded the Milwaukee Bucks they still have work to do in the NBA.Giannis Antetokounmpo has the Milwaukee Bucks hoping to join the elite of the Eastern Conference, but they are not quite there yet as the Cleveland Cavaliers proved on Friday.
LeBron James reminded them of that with 24 points to lead the Cavs to a 116-97 victory in Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo was the most exciting, and possibly best, player on the court, but there was no doubt who was the better team as Cleveland systematically controlled the game with James and the three-point shooting of Kyle Korver.
Korver went six-of-eight from the floor, but five-of-six from beyond the arc, to finish with 17 points. The Cavaliers had six players finish in double figures.
In the meantime, Cleveland allowed the Bucks to have just two players score in double figures as Antetokounmpo had 34 points – to go with eight rebounds and eight assists – and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points.
“We executed the defensive plan that our coaches gave us,” James said following the game. “The results were us getting a big win on the road.”
Charlotte Hornets 109-91 Atlanta Hawks
Portland Trail Blazers 114-96 Indiana Pacers
Cleveland Cavaliers 116-97 Milwaukee Bucks
Boston Celtics 102-92 Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards 115-111 Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets 126-121 Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97 Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings 93-88 Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors 128-120 New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Lakers 132-130 Phoenix Suns