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Game #64 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks Game Night Open Thread

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
32-29 49-14
March 6, 2010
Bradley Center
8:30 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSOhio
Probable starters:
John Salmons PG Mo Williams
Brandon Jennings SG Anthony Parker
Carlos Delfino SF Jawad Williams
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute PF Antawn Jamison
Andrew Bogut C J.J. Hickson

After a tough victory over the Pistons - in more ways than one - the Cavaliers head right back on the road with a trip to Wisconsin for a battle with the surprising Bucks. Despite having won 6 straight games, the Bucks are actually the hottest team in the Central Division, winners of 8 of their last 10. Over their last 7 games, the Bucks have gone 6-1 with big wins over the Knicks(17), New Orleans(20), Miami(23) and a home and home sweep of the Wizards, beating Washington on the road by 28 last night.

For the Cavaliers, they turned what looked to be a blowout into a big win last night at The Q. Looking flat and lethargic early on, the Cavaliers fell behind by 21 points in the 2nd quarter before rallying to win 99-92. Cleveland didn't lead the Pistons until Antawn Jamison his a 3 to start the 4th quarter, giving the Cavaliers a 71-70 lead. LeBron James scored 40 points on Mike Brown's 40th birthday, but was once again hobbling after rolling an ankle. At some point it might be nice for James to sit on out, now that the Cavaliers have a 6-game lead in the East, and a 3 game lead over the Lakers for best record in the NBA - and home court advantage throughout the playoffs - with 18 games to go after tonight.

3-in the Key

1. At 49-14 (.778), Cleveland owns the NBA's best record and leads the league with highest point differential at +7.5. The team is 23-6 (.793) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span, and has won six straight games for the third time this season. The Cavaliers have won 13 of its last 17 road games and at 22-10 (.688), their road record is tied with Boston for the best in the NBA. LeBron James leads the league this season in scoring on the road at 31.0 ppg.

2. The Cavaliers will face five Central Division opponents in the next eight games. Cleveland has defeated Milwaukee six consecutive times, including the last three at the Bradley Center. The team is 7-1 (.875) against their division this season and holds a commanding 16.0 game lead over Milwaukee, the largest division lead in the NBA.

3. The last time the team faced the Bucks, Delonte West scored a season-high 21 points and scored 14 points during a 29-0 first-half run for the Cavaliers. The Cavs defense forced Milwaukee to miss 12 straight shots to start the second quarter and went 11:22 without a point, which became the longest streak in the NBA that one team has kept another scoreless.