LeBron James’ triple-double lifts Cavaliers past Bucks

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 40 points as part of his third triple-double in four games and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on Monday night as coach Tyronn Lue began his leave of absence to address health issues.

Lue said Monday in a statement he been dealing with chest pains and loss of sleep, and that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is. Associate head coach Larry Drew will run the team in Lue’s absence.

James scored 17 points in the third quarter and finished with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 16th triple-double this season and 71st of his career.

The four-time MVP took over in the third beginning with back-to-back 3-pointers. After not getting a foul called on a third attempt, he finished Cleveland’s next possession with a massive dunk. He was fouled attempting another dunk and made both free throws the following time down.

Milwaukee cut a 17-point lead to 117-109, but James drove the length of the floor for a dunk with just over a minute left.

Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love returned after missing six weeks because of a broken left hand and scored 18 points in 25 minutes. He sparked a 10-0 run in the second quarter with two 3-pointers

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 37 points and went 11 for 11 at the foul line for Milwaukee, which is seventh in the Eastern Conference. Khris Middleton had 30 points, making 11 of 16 from the field.

Milwaukee guard Jason Terry was given a Flagrant-1 foul for hitting Ante Zizic in the face with an open hand while the rookie center was putting up a shot in the lane. Zizic made both free throws, helping spark a run that built a double-figure lead.

Lue, 40, led Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season.

The Cavaliers (41-29) are third in the Eastern Conference and have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distractions as they try to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight time.

No timetable has been given for when Lue will return. He missed the second half Saturday, the second time this season he left a game because he wasn’t feeling well. Lue also sat out a game against Chicago at home in December.

 

Lance Stephenson trips John Henson, who’s steamed about no-call (video)

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Jason Terry (maybe) blowing into Lance Stephenson‘s ear drew the most attention in the Pacers’ win over the Bucks on Monday.

But that distracted from a far dirtier trick.

Stephenson tripped John Henson, and it went uncalled. I can’t know Stephenson’s intent, but Henson was understandably steamed.

Did Jason Terry blow in Lance Stephenson’s ear?

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This is savage… if it is what it looks like.

Lance Stephenson is remembered in part for being the guy who blew in LeBron Jamesear during the 2014 playoffs.

Monday night after a made three for the Bucks, Jason Terry looks like he returns the favor.

Jason Terry blows in Lance’s ear after hitting the 3. 😂

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From that camera angle, it is possible Terry was just talking smack, but I want to believe in the ear blowing.

The Pacers went on to win a dramatic game 92-89 when Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a game-tying three at the buzzer. The win keeps the Pacers as the four seed, just half a game back of the Cavaliers for the three slot (Cleveland also won Monday) while the Bucks fall to the seven seed (and they will be tied with the Heat for the eight seed after Miami finishes off beating Phoenix Monday).

Report: Bucks agree to one-year, $2.3 million contract with Jason Terry

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This was expected after the Bucks waived Spencer Hawes, but now it is all but official.

Jason Terry – who turned 40 on Friday —  is returning to the Bucks. Shams Charania of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports broke the story.

Terry played  74 games for the Bucks last season, averaging more than 18 minutes a night, and he can still space the floor as he shot 42 percent from three. At this point in his career, The Jet is limited in other aspects of his game, but he can give the Bucks some veteran depth and points. Milwaukee will start Tony Snell at the two with both Rashad Vaughn and Sterling Brown in the mix next, Terry will fit in that group and contribute.

 

Report: Expect Bucks to sign Jason Terry soon

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The Bucks just waived and stretched Spencer Hawes, part of a move by the team to free up a little cap space.

Apparently, to sign Jason Terry, reports Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

The Bucks will start Tony Snell at the two and after that it’s Rashad Vaughn and Sterling Brown, Terry could fit in that group and contribute. Terry played in 74 games for the Bucks last season, giving them more than 18 minutes a night, and he shot 42 percent from three. The Jet is limited in other areas of his game, but as a veteran off the bench, he can help.

And at a minimum contract, it makes sense.