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Cavaliers 119, Bucks 90: Short-handed Milwaukee defeated


The Bucks' Thanasis Antetokounmpo is fouled as he shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love and Ed Davis during the second half  Saturday night at Fiserv Forum.

If Saturday night’s game between Milwaukee and Cleveland at Fiserv Forum had been played on paper, the ledger would have weighed heavily on the side of the visiting Cavaliers before the teams even took the court.

Cleveland came in as winners of 9 of 11, including five in a row, the longest active streak in the East. They also came to Milwaukee rested and boasting a defense that was second in opponent points per game (101.5) and defensive rating (103.6). They were, however, without starters Evan Mobley (13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Isaac Okoro (9.3 points) due to the league’s health and safety protocol.

Milwaukee on the other hand was playing its fifth game in seven days (and the second of a back-to-back) and its third straight with only 10 players available. Among the seven players unavailable were starters Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis (health and safety) along with Khris Middleton (left knee hyperextension).  

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