The Cleveland Cavaliers, playing without their star rookie Kyrie Irving, had no problem building leads on Friday night, but they had troubles keeping them. Ultimately, Milwaukee got the best of the Cavs in an extra frame, winning 113-112.
Cleveland started the game up 17-2 and had an eight point lead going into the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee started the fourth quarter on a 12-5 run to pull within one. In the final three minutes, the Bucks came back from four to tie it at 102 apiece.
The Cavs had a chance to take the lead with three seconds left, but Antawn Jamison missed not one but two freebies. In overtime, the Bucks scored first and outscored the Cavs 11-10 for the one-point win after the Cavs hit a meaningless three at the buzzer.
Ramon Sessions, filling in for Irving at the starting point guard position, scored 12 points and had 16 assists. Antawn Jamison, even though he missed the two free throws at the end, led all scorers with 34 points and had 11 rebounds.
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Kyrie Irving's concussion suffered against the Miami Heat earlier in the week has had the rookie star listed as 'day to day' for the next while, and it looks like the injury has gotten the better of the 19 year old. Boyer Reed tweeted Friday morning that Irving will be missing both of Cleveland's weekend games with concussion issues.
The Cavs' two games this weekend are against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday evening and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The Cavs were able to work without their young star against the Los Angeles Clippers when Ramon Sessions stepped up into the point guard role in a big way, with 23 points and 13 assists. They'll need similar performances to keep coming from Sessions if they want to keep their hopes up in a tight spot for the lower playoff spots in the Eastern conference.
The Cavs announced the signing of Ben Uzoh on Friday to mitigate a bit of the damage.