Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Jeff Green channels inner LeBron James with chasedown block on Malcolm Brogdon

Jeff Green channels inner LeBron James with chasedown block on Malcolm Brogdon

James had seven assists but grabbed just one rebound in the waning seconds.

James got the name drop for the sweet slam, but the passing and scoring threat of Love was just as important.

After a slow start, the Bucks got to the Cavaliers for 39 second-quarter points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had an excellent first quarter in Tuesday night's matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, 34-30.

Cleveland trailed 103-83 before putting together an impressive comeback.

A 3-pointer by Brogdon put the Bucks back in front with 3:38 remaining.

Wade finished with 14 points, while LeBornn James led the way with 39.

The Bucks would retain that double-digit edge throughout the third and they'd need all of it - with the Wine & Gold bringing their big guns for a fourth-quarter surge that fell just short.

Leading 115-113, the Bucks very almost turned the ball over on an entry pass, but Giannis got the best of LeBron, scooping up the loose ball and laying the ball in to give his squad a four-point lead. They wasted another in the final period Tuesday night at home against Cleveland. James won the most recent of his four MVP awards after the 2012-13 season but is making an early case for the honor with his season averages of 27.8 points, 9.3 assists and 8.5 rebounds. Back-to-back three-pointers by Dwyane Wade put the Cavaliers up 107-105, capping a 24-3 run and giving Cleveland its first lead since the second quarter.

Wizards 116, Pelicans 106: Bradley Beal scored 26 points, and Mike Scott had a season-high 24 for Washington. Marcin Gortat had 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jerryd Bayless added 15 points, and Ben Simmons had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Antetokounmpo has scored 25 or more points in eight straight games, ranks second in the National Basketball Association with a 29.8 scoring average and he is a big reason why the Bucks have scored 100 or more in each of the past 12 games, the franchise's best streak since also hitting the mark a dozen times during the 1990-91 campaign.

PHILADELPHIA - Zach Randolph, taking advantage of the absence of Joel Embiid, scored 27 points as Sacramento rallied for a victory over Philadelphia. Frank Mason Jr. chipped in with 16 points.

Robert Covington scored 17 points to lead the Sixers, who lost their third in a row and seventh in eight games.

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