Analyzed Sports: Charron Elliott
Cleveland’s Bench Comes Up Big in Cavs First Road Win
The Milwaukee Bucks lost their first home opener on Friday night 117-96 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James led the Cavs in scoring with 24 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers in the game with 35 points on 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) shooting from the field.
The game changed significantly in the third quarter when Cleveland went on a 15-5 run with 4:25 left in the third quarter. The Cleveland bench outscored the reserve players of Milwaukee 45-23, with Kyle Korver leading the way with 17 points. Korver made five of his six three-point field goal attempts, including three consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter. The Cavs also received a substantial contribution from All-Star Kevin Love who registered a double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds).
For the Bucks, only Giannis and Malcolm Brogdon registered double figures in scoring. Antetokounmpo also led the team in rebounds (8) and assists (8). He has opened the season with two consecutive 30 point games with the other one coming in a win against the Celtics on Wednesday night. Milwaukee will have another opportunity on Saturday night to get their first home win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The main thing coming into this season was the depth of the Cavaliers versus all of the other teams in the Eastern Conference, and through two games the Cleveland bench has tallied a total of 68 points. It will be interesting to see how great this bench can be moving forward but for now, it looks like the veteran-led group is already starting to gel. The Cavs will head back to Cleveland on Saturday night to host the Orlando Magic in the Q.