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Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back with 112-100 win over Milwaukee Bucks

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BOUNCE BACK WIN. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-100, behind Donovan Mitchell’s 32 points and Jarrett Allen’s double-double (24 points, 14 rebounds) on Friday night (Saturday, January 27, in the Philippines). CLEVELAND CAVALIERS PHOTO

The Cleveland Cavaliers showcased their resilience and ability to make adjustments by bouncing back to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-100 on Friday night (Saturday, January 27, in the Philippines).
Led by Donovan Mitchell’s 32 points and Jarrett Allen’s double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds, the Cavaliers secured their ninth win in the last 10 games.
The victory came as a measure of revenge after the Bucks ended the Cavs’ eight-game winning streak with a 126-116 loss just two nights earlier.
Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff viewed the consecutive road matchups with the Bucks as an opportunity to prepare his team for the postseason. Recognizing the significance, Bickerstaff approached the games as playoff simulations, aiming to give his younger players a taste of the intensity and adjustments required in postseason play.
Bickerstaff said they want to prepare for a game as if it’s a playoff game and use it as practice. He also said that they have young players who have not yet played a ton of basketball which is why they are giving them that experience.
Donovan Mitchell’s scoring prowess and Jarrett Allen’s dominance in the paint were instrumental in the Cavaliers’ success. Mitchell’s 32-point performance showcased his ability to take over games, while Allen’s 14 rebounds and strong inside presence contributed to the Cavs’ control of the game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, despite recording 22 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, couldn’t secure a third consecutive triple-double.
The Bucks, facing a transition with the recent firing of coach Adrian Griffin, struggled to find consistency, and the Cavs took advantage.
Cleveland took the lead for good during a crucial 14-0 run in the third quarter, holding the Bucks scoreless for nearly 6 ½ minutes.
The Cavaliers’ defensive effort and energy in the third quarter turned the tide of the game, setting the tone for their eventual victory.
Jarret Allen said that they felt like a step behind in their last game. But they came out with the energy that they could play with and the defense they were supposed to play.
The Bucks made a late push, cutting the lead to 106-100 with 1:39 remaining, but Caris LeVert’s timely three-pointer and the Cavs’ solid execution down the stretch sealed the victory.
Milwaukee struggled with offensive droughts and a lack of ball movement, relying on individual plays rather than team-oriented basketball. The Cavs capitalized on these weaknesses and demonstrated their ability to respond to adversity.
The win propels the Cavaliers into their next matchup with confidence as they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
The Bucks, on the other hand, will look to regroup and bounce back as they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday (Sunday, January 28, in the Philippines).

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