Bucks pull off upset over Cleveland

21 December 2017 05:14:16 GMTPlus11

The Milwaukee Bucks have blown large fourth quarter leads over recent years and had a five game losing streak to the Cleveland Cavaliers coming into Tuesday's contest.

However this time the hosts held off LeBron James and company 119-116 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee to claim their first win in three tries this season against the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Leading the way for the Bucks was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as the 23-year old point forward from Athens, Greece scored a team high 27 points while grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out eight assists for a double-double for the contest. 

Milwaukee currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 16-13 and have won six of their last ten games.

The Bucks were expected to take the next step this season from being a team chasing a NBA Playoff spot to a team that is battling for the top half of the Eastern Conference and so far that seems to be the case.

James continues to impress for the Cavaliers, as the 32-year old small forward from Akron, Ohio scored a game high 39 points while pulling down a rebound and dishing out seven assists.

The loss Tuesday is just the second defeat for Cleveland in their past 20 games, as the Cavaliers have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA outside the Houston Rockets.

One item of note is that the Bucks may be getting a boost later in the season from Jabari Parker, as the former Milwaukee star is rehabbing with the Bucks G League team after ACL surgery.

The Bucks are 16.00 to win the Eastern Conference with the Cavaliers 1.83 and the Toronto Raptors priced at 8.00.

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