On Saturday night, with the Cavs hosting the Bucks for a second consecutive night, Cleveland lost 124-99. The Cavs were able to keep it close for stretches — and even whittle the deficit under 10 after it hit double digits — but the Bucks ultimately poured it on too heavy in the third quarter and into the fourth.
The third quarter in particular was where Cleveland fell behind for good. After Giannis Antetokounmpo had a mere 7 points in the first half, he scored 12 in the third quarter on 3-4 shooting from the field and 5-5 shooting at the free throw line. Andre Drummond had 11 points of his own in the quarter, but the Cavs lost the quarter 35-23 and trailed by 17 heading into the fourth.
Another issue for Cleveland: Milwaukee’s three-point advantage. The Bucks were 16-34 from three on the night vs. just 6-28 for the Cavs. Just two of Cleveland’s three-point makes came in the second half while Milwaukee made eight.
Drummond led the Cavs with 28 points on 12-17 shooting, while Darius Garland and Collin Sexton each had 17 points. In his return from a wrist injury, Larry Nance Jr. started at power forward and finished with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
Up next: The Cavs head to Phoenix on Monday to play the Suns at the start of a long road trip through the Western Conference. Tipoff is at 9 p.m.