NBA wrap: LeBron James triple-double, Kevin Love return power Cavs past Bucks

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Kevin Love (left) and LeBron James (Getty Pictures)

LeBron James made a robust case for MVP Monday night time whereas main the Cavaliers to a 124-117 win over the Bucks.

James scored forty factors with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his sixteenth triple-double of the season. James additionally shot sixteen of 29 from the sector, utilizing his power and velocity to persistently minimize via Milwaukee defenders.

Whereas James’ triple-double was spectacular, Cleveland followers have been already excited earlier than the sport as a result of ahead Kevin Love (hand) returned after a 21-recreation absence. Love scored 18 factors with seven rebounds in 25 minutes of motion.

The Cavs, enjoying with out head coach Tyronn Lue, who introduced Monday he is taking a depart on account of well being points, earned their third win of their final 4 video games. It has been a curler-coaster season for Cleveland, nevertheless it seems on monitor to succeed in peak type on the proper time.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 37 factors, eleven rebounds and 5 assists, and Khris Middleton added 30 factors, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to assist the Bucks keep away from their eighth loss of their final 12 video games.

Studs of the Night time:

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid led the 76ers to a 108-ninety four win over the Hornets. Simmons recorded his ninth triple-double of the season, scoring eleven factors with 15 assists and thirteen rebounds, whereas Embiid added 25 factors, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Dud of the Night time:

Bulls guards Cameron Payne and Justin Vacation struggled in a one hundred ten-ninety two loss to the Knicks. Payne scored simply 4 factors on 2-of-12 capturing, whereas Vacation scored zero factors on zero-of-6 capturing. Chicago has now misplaced 10 of its final 14 video games.

Spotlight:

Victor Oladipo is what many would name athletic:

Oladipo scored 20 factors to steer the Pacers to a one hundred ten-one hundred win over the Lakers.

What’s Subsequent:

Thunder (forty three-29) at Celtics (forty seven-23) eight:00 p.m. ET — Battling accidents, Boston has misplaced three of its final 4 video games. Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown have already been dominated out for this recreation, and the Celtics are missing depth proper now. The Thunder, however, have gained six straight video games. Russell Westbrook and Paul George have been clicking these days, and Oklahoma Metropolis could possibly be a troublesome out within the playoffs.