NBA: Cavaliers rout resting Bucks, safe No. 8 seed

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Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after being fouled throughout the first quarter in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on April 10, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Love got here off the bench to attain a game-high 32 factors and pull down 10 rebounds within the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 133-115 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday within the regular-season finale.

The No. 8 Cavs will journey to No. 7 Brooklyn on Tuesday for an Eastern Conference play-in recreation. The Nets trimmed visiting Cleveland on Friday 118-107.

Milwaukee (51-31) completed third after the Boston Celtics beat the Memphis Grizzlies 139-110 on Sunday evening. The Celtics grabbed the second seed.

Love was a scorching 8 of 11 from the 3-point line in his quarter-hour for Cleveland, which shot 19 of 38 from behind the arc.

Lauri Markkanen fired in 23 factors for the Cavs (44-38), whereas Rookie of the Year candidate Evan Mobley contributed 18 factors, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rajon Rondo dished out a game-high 13 assists.

Sandro Mamukelashvili paced Milwaukee with 28 factors, 13 rebounds and 4 assists, whereas Thanasis Antetokounmpo had a career-high 27 factors and Jordan Nwora added 24 factors.

The recreation gave the impression to be fully over after three quarters, with Cleveland up 111-79, however the Bucks rallied within the fourth. Milwaukee went on a 16-0 run, which pressured Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff to place in a few of his starters to shut it out. The Bucks outscored the Cavs 36-22 within the fourth quarter.

Cleveland led by 33 factors at halftime, 79-46.

Rayjon Tucker had 10 factors within the first half for the Bucks, whereas Lindell Wigginton and Antetokounmpo every added 9 factors.

Love had 23 factors and eight rebounds within the first half for the Cavs.

Cleveland scored the primary 14 factors and 19 of the primary 22 within the recreation. The Cavs related on 10 3-pointers within the first quarter to storm out to 46-20 lead. Love had 5 3-pointers en path to an 18-point effort within the opening quarter.

The 46 factors tied the Cavs’ franchise document for factors in 1 / 4.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer pulled the plug on the aggressive nature of the sport when he determined to relaxation eight gamers, together with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), Brook Lopez (again), Khris Middleton (wrist), Bobby Portis (shoulder), Serge Ibaka (sickness), Grayson Allen (hip), George Hill (belly pressure) and Luca Vildoza (coach’s determination). Jrue Holiday began the sport and left after the opening tip.

The Cavs are nonetheless enjoying with out All-Star middle Jarrett Allen (finger). They hope to have him again for his or her play-in recreation.


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