Bucks ugly but effective in Friday road win
As far as style goes, the Bucks won’t get many bonus points for their 113-112 overtime victory Friday night at Cleveland.
At this point, though, they’ll take it.
Cleveland shot 49.0 percent from the field and was 8-of-17 from 3-point range, but the Bucks — who trailed 17-2 early in the contest — made enough big plays down the stretch to win their second consecutive road game.
“This was not our best effort, we were fortunate to win,” said forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. “But a ‘W’ is a ‘W’ so we’ll take it.”
After three straight subpar games, Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings looked much more like his normal self, scoring 24 points on 8-of-23 shooting with five rebounds, eight assists and two steals. In all, six Bucks scored in double digits.
The Bucks played much of the the final quarter and overtime without head coach Scott Skiles, who was ejected with 2:46 remaining in regulation for arguing a call with officials. The Cavilers made three of four free throws on the play, taking an 83-73 lead, but the Bucks came back at that point and outscored Cleveland, 25-17, in the fourth to force overtime.
Skiles admitted that his ejection was something of a calculated risk.
“I made the decision a couple minutes earlier that if there was a questionable call I was going for it,” Skiles said. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but the guys batted for it in the fourth and overtime and made enough big plays to get it.”
The Bucks (12-14) are back home Saturday night to face Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic (16-11) in an 8 p.m. contest at the Bradley Center.