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Cavaliers give James a night off against Bucks

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MILWAUKEE (AP)

LeBron James is getting a night off for the first time this season.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown says he's sitting his superstar, calling it ``just a coach's decision'' to keep him out of Cleveland's game against Milwaukee on Saturday night.

``He's played a lot of minutes for us,'' Brown said. ``I just felt it would be good for him and for the team to hold him out.''

James had 40 points and 13 rebounds in a 99-92 victory over the Pistons on Friday night, but also turned his right ankle slightly. Brown said his decision had ``nothing'' to do with the injury and James could play if needed.

``He's a competitive person, he wants to be out there,'' Brown said. ``Sometimes I listen to him, sometimes I won't listen to him, but tonight is a great opportunity for him to get some rest.''

It's certainly a welcome decision for the Bucks, who have been on a tear by winning 14 of their last 18 games. James, who typically has missed a game or two before the postseason begins, has averaged 30.1 points in 25 career games against Milwaukee and has had two of his 50-point games at the Bradley Center.

He's also led the Cavs in scoring in their last 16 straight games and is leading the NBA, averaging 30 points a game this season.

``It's disappointing on one hand because we wanted to go against them as full strength as we could, but on the other hand it's a different kind of test now,'' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. ``We've become a competitive group. I sensed the guys were looking forward to going out there and going against him a little bit.''

James looked relaxed in the locker room, getting a massage while still in jeans and sunglasses. He did not speak before the game, and Jawad Williams was to start in his place.

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