Khris Middleton led seven players in double figures with 21 points Monday night as the Milwaukee Bucks gradually pulled away from the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers for a 129-112 victory.
Coming off a home loss to Miami, the Bucks also got 19- and 17-point efforts off the bench from George Hill and Pat Connaughton, respectively, while also getting double-figure scoring from starters Brook Lopez (16), Giannis Antetokounmpo (14), Eric Bledsoe (14) and Wes Matthews (14).
Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 18 points.
After the Cavaliers had taken a 31-30 lead into the second period, Connaughton opened the period with a flurry, converting a three-point play, hitting a layup and connecting on a pair of 3-pointers en route to 11 points in a 13-2 run that opened a 10-point Bucks advantage.
Milwaukee led 59-52 at halftime and extended the margin to as much as 83-67 in the third period after another Connaughton 3-pointer before coasting home.
Connaughton (four) combined with Middleton, Lopez and Kyle Korver (three apiece) for 13 3-pointers as the Bucks outscored the Cavaliers 51-36 from beyond the arc. The Bucks shot 17-for-38 (44.7 percent) on 3s.
Antetokounmpo completed a double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds. He also found time for seven assists, one fewer than the team leader, Bledsoe.
Tristan Thompson (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Kevin Love (15 points, game-high 16 rebounds) notched double-doubles for the Cavaliers, who were coming off a home win over Indiana on Saturday.
Jordan Clarkson added 17 points, Larry Nance Jr. 15 and Cedi Osman 10 for the Cavaliers, who were outshot 52.2 percent to 45.0.
Love accounted for three of his team’s 12 3-pointers, but shot just 3-for-10 from distance. The Cavaliers went 12-for-39 (30.8 percent) on 3s.
—Field Level Media