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J.R. Smith scores 21, hot-shooting Cavs beat Bucks 109-80

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JR Smith at the 2015 Cavs media day. (Photo: Jen Steer/Fox 8 News)

MILWAUKEE, WI — J.R. Smith scored 21 points and went 7 of 11 from 3-point range to lead the hot-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-80 victory on Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kevin Love added 17 points and shot 3 of 6 from behind the arc for the Cavaliers, who maintained a 3 ½-game lead over Toronto for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Good shooting in the first half made for an easy night for Cleveland, which led by 24 by halftime.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

He couldn’t keep up with Cleveland.

Moving the ball quickly around the perimeter, the Cavaliers found open shooters while the Bucks played catch-up.