Cavaliers vs. Bucks: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Cleveland Cavaliers (18-12) play against the Milwaukee Bucks (12-12) at Fiserv Forum

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Saturday December 18, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers 51, Milwaukee Bucks 41 (Q2 03:16)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
That is a brutal fall for Dylan Windler.
Went up for a dunk. Thanasis Antetokounmpo went up to try to block it. Both grabbed the rim. Windler slipped off and his head appeared to bounce off the floor. – 9:53 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Two-hand jam for Nwora!! 😤 pic.twitter.com/hVygoNP1Kt9:47 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
It has been tough sledding for the Bucks offense tonight. They are 9-of-33 overall and 4-of-14 from 3. They’ve also turned it over 8 times already.
Cavs up, 42-24, with 7:21 left in the first half. – 9:45 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
DG the PG has 14 points and is a perfect 6-6! 🔥 #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/6eHOaK5XVw9:44 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
It took the #Bucks just about 2:30 minutes to get their first shot up and they scored their first points of the quarter at the 8:59 mark. – 9:43 PM
Jim Paschke @Paschketball
Enjoying Wisconsin-Nebraska volleyball. Lauren Stivrins of Nebraska is the daughter of Alex Stivrins, who played 3 games for the Bucks during the ‘92-93 season. – 9:42 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Another turnover for the #Bucks and the fans are trying to start a wave. – 9:41 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Shooting 61% in the first! #LetEmKnow9:39 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The second quarter has begun with four straight turnovers by the #Bucks and #Cavs9:38 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Javonte Smart has yet to come out of the game.
Currently on pace for a Tim Frazier Special…Bucks will need to make it closer to get him to 53 minutes though. – 9:37 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Starters back out to being the second quarter for the #Bucks9:36 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
The last thing the Bucks needed tonight was a hot shooting night from the Cavaliers and Cleveland hit 6 3s in the first quarter. Cavs up, 34-20, after one quarter.
Advanced Stats:
OffRtg: 83.3
DefRtg: 147.8
Net Rtg: -64.5
ORB%: 42.9%
DRB%: 63.2% – 9:36 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
At the end of the first, #Cavs have a 34-20 lead over the Bucks.
Darius Garland leads Cleveland with 12 pts, shooting 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from 3. Cedi Osman has 10 pts, shooting 4-of-4 from the field.
Cavs are also grabbing the defensive rebounds, as they have 12. – 9:36 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks made just 7 of their 26 shots (4 of 13 from behind the three-point line). – 9:36 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Cavs lead 34-20 after one here at Fiserv Forum. #Bucks were led by Jordan Nwora’s six points. – 9:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Looks like the #Bucks will be going with an 8-man game today. Twitter does not seem to like the options therein. – 9:31 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
12 points on 5-5 FG in the first quarter?
Sounds like @Darius Garland. #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/c318JuqfpW9:30 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Semi Ojeleye checks in for the #Bucks – first action since November. – 9:27 PM
Rick Noland @RickNoland
Gonna need basketball reference for some of these Bucks 😃 – 9:27 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Boogie down for three!! 👌 pic.twitter.com/dlNkasZQ6G9:26 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
11-0 run? 11-0 run. 👀 #LetEmKnow9:26 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks down, 22-15, with 4:01 left in the first quarter.
Offense has been a bit of a struggle and defense has not been good enough thus far. – 9:25 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Love a buzzer-beater 👌
@Kevin Love | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/2XLtprqoef9:25 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Celtics improve to 4-5 in December gauntlet with tonight’s win. Games left:
vs. Phi
vs. Cle
@ MIL
@ MIN
vs. LAC
vs. PHX – 9:25 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
A string of #Bucks turnovers has the #Cavs up 20-15 now… – 9:24 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Darius Garland with an early 12 points here in the first quarter after that layup. He has 12 of the Cavs’ 18 pts. – 9:24 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Thanasis Antetokounmpo checks in on WWE night. pic.twitter.com/xa8veGozcq9:22 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Pat Connaughton is ready to check in for the #Bucks9:20 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
DG open behind the arc? That’s a bucket.
📺 #CavsBucks on @BallySportsCLE pic.twitter.com/vTTjPxai079:17 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Boogie Steals. George slams!! pic.twitter.com/KKjxzmI56I9:16 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jordan Nwora getting loose early. He has two 3s and leads the Bucks in scoring with six of their 10 points.
Bucks up, 10-6, with 9:12 left in the first quarter. – 9:15 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks up 10-6 early as Jordan Nwora and DeMarcus Cousins are again active early offensively. – 9:14 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Who the heck are these guys playing for the Bucks?!?! – 9:13 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
George Hill and DeMarcus Cousins combine on a steal and Hill gets a dunk for the game’s first points. – 9:12 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
This is unreal. It’s WWE Night in Milwaukee tonight.
And they are having @DMcIntyreWWE do the starting lineups. It appears it was prerecorded because he was not here in person BUT he did all of the starters. And nailed the pronunciation of Mamukelashvili. – 9:10 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Only 8 players warming up for the Bucks 18 minutes before tip – 8:52 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Making his first career start for the #Cavs… 🐶 pic.twitter.com/O5jpwu2TED8:45 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Your Saturday Night Starters vs. Cavs: pic.twitter.com/W5SrgEhxB08:42 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jrue Holiday is not inactive for the #Bucks, but he’s going to get a breather.
Tonight’s starters:
Javonte Smart
George Hill
Jordan Nwora
Sandro Mamukelashvili
DeMarcus Cousins
Rodney Hood (Achilles contusion) IS listed as inactive tonight. – 8:38 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Jordan Nwora has reached double figures in scoring in each of his last two games including a double-double last night.
🎥: @SociosHoops pic.twitter.com/ZhHWowAeah8:35 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
First five in Milwaukee 🖐️ #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/sStamE7dfy8:21 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs starters for tonight here in Milwaukee: Darius Garland, Lamar Stevens, Lauri Markkanen, Dean Wade and Jarrett Allen – 8:20 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Mamu getting that pregame work.
🎥: @SociosHoops pic.twitter.com/4Kxfn2hNJW8:11 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Updated with comments from coach J.B. Bickerstaff: Cavaliers place rookie Evan Mobley in COVID-19 health and safety protocols beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal8:08 PM
Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
It’s @WWE night at @FiservForum
8p tip for @Milwaukee Bucks vs Cavs
Getting you set w/ Bucks shootaround at 7:00 before joining @DaveKoehnPxP & @BenBrust on the Bucks Radio Network pic.twitter.com/mhgz9pg5Kg8:07 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Boogie with the classic look.
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/plLHJImGyB7:50 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Rematch against the 4th place Cavs tonight!!
🔄 @BetwayUSA pic.twitter.com/uleTRfByPH7:34 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Regarding forwards Thanasis Antetokounmpo & Semi Ojeleye, #Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is hopeful they can provide some minutes if they get through pregame warmups OK. – 7:22 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said Khris Middleton is “close” to returning but isn’t there yet – they’ll give him tonight plus the next three off days to continue to heal. Bucks play the Rockets on the 22nd. – 7:21 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Feels good to be back home.
📸: @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/SvPPsAV3La7:17 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
From @BKN_NETSPR: Tonight’s game marks the first time the Nets have started three rookies (David Duke Jr., Kessler Edwards and Cam Thomas) in a game since 4/15/09 at New York:
Ryan Anderson, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Brook Lopez (via Elias). – 7:07 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
For tomorrow’s game vs. Cleveland:
Bogdan Bogdanovic (right ankle sprain) is questionable.
Trae Young (left ankle soreness) is questionable.
Solomon Hill (right hamstring tear) is out.
De’Andre Hunter (right wrist injury recovery) is out. – 5:50 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Keep the streak alive!
🆚 @Milwaukee Bucks
🕘 9:00PM ET
📺 @BallySportsCLE
@betwayusa | #GetItLocked pic.twitter.com/29YFb1T1A95:30 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka says Justin Jackson will play tonight. The Celtics announced his signing via a hardship waiver a short time ago. Jackson was on the Bucks for their playoff run last season. – 5:19 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Going for NINE straight wins over the Cavs tonight!!
📝: @Jockey pic.twitter.com/tDL4ZSpAOd5:03 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Finishing our 5th game in 7 days tonight at @FiservForum!!
🎰 @paysbig pic.twitter.com/xFDbQmhV7Q4:12 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
How did the Cleveland Cavaliers go from lovable underdogs to dominant bullies? @Spencer Davies breaks down the team’s evolution and balanced attack: basketballnews.com/stories/from-l…3:36 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Jonas Valančiūnas was mic’d up for @BallySportsNO in last night’s win vs the Bucks! 🎙 pic.twitter.com/pBXw7DdmEO3:24 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Semi Ojeleye, however, have been upgraded to probable to play tonight for the #Bucks with their respective calf strains. – 3:20 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Khris Middleton has already been ruled out for tonight’s game against the #Cavs – he was probable last night in New Orleans.
Rodney Hood, however, is doubtful for the #Bucks with a right Achilles contusion. – 3:19 PM
Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
We know Bobby loves a Championship belt. 😂
Come celebrate WWE Night at @FiservForum during tonight’s Bucks game. pic.twitter.com/PeWrW0XwtO3:03 PM





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