It was another disappointing second half for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they were outscored 63-42 by the Milwaukee Bucks.
For the second straight game it was a poor second half which led to a loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a 22-point loss to the Clippers on Wednesday and it was an 18-point loss to the Bucks Friday. The Cavs actually held a 63-60 lead going into the half, but they were simply unable to keep up with Milwaukee. The game was still relatively competitive until about 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Bucks were able to stretch the lead to double-digits shortly after and it continued to grow. It was a 123-105 final score in Cleveland as they fall to 10-13 on the year.
This was just a case of the Cavaliers not being on the same tier as the Bucks. Milwaukee is a championship caliber team while Cleveland is a team that might squeak into the playoffs. The fact that the Bucks shut down the Cavs offense for a large part of the second half just shows that they have a long way to go.
Cleveland’s’ backcourt duo of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored 19 and 13 points respectively and both had 4 assists each.
Andre Drummond was the Cavs second-highest scorer with 18 points. Drummond also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
It was another spot start for Taurean Prince as Larry Nance Jr. was unavailable for this game. Prince was 4-7 from three-point range and missed his other three field goal attempts, finishing with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.
Cedi Osman continues to be sort of frustrating to watch. Osman took 8 threes and only made 2. Osman finished the game 4-11 from the field and made both free throws while adding 3 rebounds and 1 assist to his final line.
A perfect shooting night for Jarrett Allen which surpassingly included a three-pointer. Allen was 3-3 from the field with the aforementioned three and made all six free throw attempts. Allen had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks off the bench.