James and Korver heat up from 3, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 21, 2017 09:53 AM
James and Korver heat up from 3, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97
Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker, left, reaches in on Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — LeBron James had 24 points and eight assists, and Kyle Korver hit three straight three's in a decisive third-quarter run to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Kevin Love added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs. Their 15-5 spurt over the final 4:25 of the third quarter, sparked by Korver's long-range shooting, opened a 13-point lead. Cleveland led by double digits most of the rest of the way to spoil the Bucks' home opener.

The defending Eastern Conference champions started the season with a second straight victory over an East contender after beating the Boston Celtics in their home opener.

Korver finished with 17 points and was 5-of-6 from three-point territory.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetopounmpo had 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points.

But the Bucks had trouble early on keeping up with the Cavaliers in the paint, where Cleveland held a 64-50 edge. Jae Crowder added 14 points, providing an active presence in the lane.

The Cavs were 2-of-10 from three-point range in the first half, but powered their way to a 55-49 halftime lead by attacking the basket. They were nearly unstoppable once they found their shot from long range.

At one point, James hesitated for a couple seconds after being left alone at the top of the three-point arc. Antetopounmpo then took a couple steps out from near the bucket before James hit the open look for a 101-86 lead with 6:19 left.


Cavaliers: Six Cavs scored in double figures. ... After hitting at least 10 three's in all four meetings last season with Milwaukee, the Cavaliers finished 11-of-26 from behind the arc. They were 9-of-16 in the second half. ... Cleveland missed its first eight three-pointers before Korver hit two in a row in late in the second quarter. ... Love had an active first half with 13 points and six rebounds.

Bucks: Brogdon and Tony Snell (nine points) combined to start 3-of-5 from three-point range in the first quarter, converting on open looks after defenders converged on driving teammates in the lane. The Bucks cooled off and went 3-of-16 the rest of the first half from behind the arc. ... The team signed F Joel Bolomboy to a two-way contract. The 6'9" forward averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds as a rookie last season for Utah.


Cavaliers: Host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

Bucks: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

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