CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers rode the heroics of Kyrie Irving on Friday night in beating the Milwaukee Bucks 114-111 in overtime at Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving, who was ill the last two days, made the clutch plays late in the fourth quarter and in overtime to make a difference.
Irving attempted a driving layup in the final seconds, which did not go, but Tristan Thompson tipped in the miss and the game was headed into overtime.
The Cavs’ three-point-shooting was the big difference in the extra session. Irving made two of the teams 4 long range shots. Jarrett Jack had one and Earl Clark the other.
Irving ended up with 39 points. He missed his first 5 three pointers, but was clutch in the overtime with those two long balls. Jarrett Jack had 17 and C.J. Miles chipped in with 15, while Clark had 14.
O. J. Mayo had 20 points for Milwaukee.
The Cavs were without Dion Waiters as he is dealing with wrist tendinitis.