It was too close for comfort down the stretch, but the Milwaukee Bucks held on late to collect their 10th straight win by edging past the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks picked up their 10th straight victory in a 109-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that ended up being far more competitive than was anticipated earlier in the night.
That was due to the Bucks taking early control of the contest as they permanently took the lead three and a half minutes into the opening quarter. And the Bucks didn’t let up at that point as they held a 38-29 edge at the end of one.
Milwaukee continued to cruise as we moved over to the second quarter and led by as much as 22 at the 2:53 mark in the period. Cleveland provided a few answers following that point, but the Bucks held firm with a 67-47 lead going into the halftime break.
Early signs of how the night would end up were planted by the Cavaliers early on in the third quarter as they started to come alive from three-point range once we got back into action.
The Bucks took full advantage of the Cavaliers’ lack of defensive resistance early on, but Milwaukee’s defense quickly matched Cleveland’s efforts in that regard as the Cavs sought to bring their deficit down to single digits.
That came to pass in the fourth quarter as the Bucks saw their huge advantage get whittled down to a one possession game at multiple points down the final five minutes of the game. However, the Bucks didn’t let their slight edge completely fall from their grasp and they cleaned up their misses on the offensive glass to shut down the Cavaliers’ comeback attempt before George Hill converted a pair of crucial free throws to serve as the night’s dagger.
So without further ado, let’s dive into what stood out in the Bucks’ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers from Friday night, starting with the performance of Giannis Antetokounmpo.