CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and played 37 minutes to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95 on Monday night.
James, who missed the morning shootaround and was questionable for the game with strep throat, returned to shoot 8-for-12 from the floor in the win for the Cavs.
Kyrie Irving added 25 points and nine assists, Derrick Williams ended with 14 points and seven boards, while Kyle Korver scored 13 points off the bench and Richard Jefferson had 11 points and six boards for the Cavaliers (41-17), who recovered from the 117-99 defeat against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points off the bench on 8-for-15 shooting to lead the way for Milwaukee, while Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and Michael Beasley scored 11 in the defeat.
Meanwhile, All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 23.6 points per game this season, scored just nine on Monday night in 42 minutes on 4-of-13 shooting for the Bucks (26-32).
Antetokounmpo also finished with eight assists, seven rebounds and blocked a layup attempt by Irving in the first quarter.
The Bucks scored the opening two baskets, but the Cavaliers used an 11-0 run to take an 11-4 lead early in the game.
Milwaukee led 86-85 midway through the fourth quarter, but the defending champions, who had led 52-50 at halftime, reclaimed the lead and then Irving hit a 3-pointer with 3:40 left to give Cleveland a six-point lead which they maintained to the end.
LeBron and Cleveland begin a three-game trip Wednesday at the Boston Celtics, who are currently sitting second in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Bucks will look to bounce back when it host Denver on Wednesday.