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Bucks vs. Cavaliers final score: Milwaukee holds off Cleveland in 90-86 victory

The Cavs could not snatch a comeback victory on Friday night.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points on Friday night, but the Cleveland Cavaliers still lost to the Milwaukee Bucks by the score of 90-86. Irving was backed up on the night by Anderson Varejao, who played through a minor injury to put up 8 points and 18 rebounds, but Cleveland struggled as a team on Friday night, shooting 39 percent from the field overall. Irving was not immune to that, as he shot just 9-23 himself.

The Bucks also shot just 39 percent as a team, but the game was swung in two key areas. Milwaukee shot 13 more free throws than the Cavs, making six more in a game that ended with a four-point margin. The Cavs also turned the ball over a total of 24 times -- seven more than the Bucks.

C.J. Miles was the other Cav in double figures with 17 points, but no one on Cleveland could top Monta Ellis on Friday night. Ellis scored 33 points on 12-24 shooting -- he also added six rebounds and four assists.

The Cavs will jump on a plane and head to the Big Apple, where they'll visit the New York Knicks on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.