Ellis leads Bucks past Cavaliers 90-86

Ellis leads Bucks past Cavaliers 90-86
December 14, 2012, 9:57 pm
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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers puts up the shot against Monta Ellis #11 and Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks at The Quicken Loans Arena on December 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)


CLEVELAND (AP) Monta Ellis scored a season-high 33 points, Brandon Jennings added 16 and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-86 on Friday night.

The win gave Milwaukee a season-high four-game winning streak and was the Bucks' ninth straight victory over the Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points to lead Cleveland, which committed a season-high 27 turnovers. The Cavaliers have lost seven of eight and 11 of 13.

Ellis, who scored 20 points in the second half, was 12 for 24 from the field.

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, the league's leading rebounder, left the game in the first half after sustaining a contusion to his lower left leg. X-rays taken at halftime were negative and Varejao came back in the game early in the third quarter. He had eight points and 18 rebounds.