Bucks vs. Cavs: Monta Ellis leads Milwaukee to 52-43 halftime lead

Monta Ellis has scored 13 points and Larry Sanders added 10 as the Milwaukee Bucks lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 52-43 at halftime of Friday's game at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland started slowly, trailing Milwaukee 25-17 after the first, but their offense picked up in the second quarter. The Cavs scored 26 points in the second.

Point guard Kyrie Irving, in his third game back since returning from injury, has scored 14 points in the first half, but he's made just 4 for 12 shots. Irving also took a hard fall early in the game, landing on his head on a drive to the basket, but he stayed in the game and made both free throws after the fall.

Alonzo Gee has scored seven points on 3-for-3 shooting, but the rest of the Cleveland starters have struggled. The other four are shooting a combined 6-for-25, and the Cavs are shooting just 35 percent for the game so far.

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