Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Brandon Knight scored 24 and Ramon Sessions added 20 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-116 Friday BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bucks also received 15 points and six rebounds from John Henson and 14 points from Chris Wright.
The victory moved the Bucks to within two games of Philadelphia with three games remaining for each team. The 76ers lost at Memphis earlier in the night.
Wright was 4 for 4 as the Bucks led 37-32 after the first quarter.
Dion Waiters scored 11 points to lead a 23-4 run by Cavs that gave them a 55-41 lead with 6:26 left in the half.
Khris Midddleton scored two 3-pointers to trigger a Bucks rally that cut their deficit to 69-62 at the half.
Brandon Knight then scored seven points to pace a 10-0 run that put the Bucks up 90-86 with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
The Cavs answered by scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take a 96-92 lead.
Knight’s jumper from the right wing put the Bucks up for good at 107-106 with 4:09 remaining.
Kyrie Irving’s free throws pulled the Cavaliers to 111-110, but a basket by Khris Middleton and two free throws by Zaza Pachulia put the Bucks up 115-110 with 1:44 remaining.
Waiters had 23 points, while Jarrett Jack had 21 and Tristan Thompson added 18 for the Cavs.