Another game, another overtime loss for the Bucks as they fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night, 114-111. The Bucks squandered a couple favorable opportunities late in this one, the kinds of situations that winning teams make. Off a questionable tripping foul called on Anderson Varajao, the Bucks were given a technical tat OJ Mayo couldn’t hit. After Henson sank two free throws, that technical would have put them up by three with 1:45 left to play in regulation. Then Knight took a (poor) midrange shot that was almost down but didn’t quite fall, leaving the Bucks up 96-94 with nine seconds left. To finish regulation the Bucks didn’t box out and allowed Tristen Thompson to tap in a Kyrie Irving miss with 1.8 seconds remaining. A flat Middleton long two rounded out the fourth quarter and the game went to overtime. In the extra period, the Cavs hit a barrage of threes and Irving was extremely effective, scoring ten of his game high 39 points in extra time. The Bucks still had a shot late, but Mayo couldn’t connect on a couple of three point attempts and the game was over.
It was another good game for John Henson (18 points and 10 rebounds), but a little scary after he tripped and fell on a fast break, potentially hurting his knee. The Bucks can’t really afford another injury and Henson is arguably their best player, so it’s a situation to monitor. Brandon Knight had a good game as well, though his 6-20 shooting leaves a little bit to be desired. His rebounding was fantastic, as he finished with 14 boards on the night. He’s really good at using his size to his advantage and can be extremely aggressive when going for rebounds. He also did a good job limiting his turnovers, having none on the game.
The loss drops the Bucks to 5-21 on the season, maintaining their status as the worst team in the NBA. They welcome the 76ers to play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday night.