MILWAUKEE – After building a big third-quarter lead against the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks poured it on in the fourth.
And when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled their starters, including LeBron James, midway through the final period, the young Bucks still didn’t let up.
“We didn’t let them off the hook. We were attacking,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tied a career high with 34 points while the Bucks stunned the Cavaliers 118-101 on Tuesday night.
“They are the champs, but this is a great win.”
Bucks coach Jason Kidd had high praise for Antetokounmpo, who was often matched up against James.
“He’s getting better with hard work,” Kidd said. “He was going against the best player in the world.”
Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds and five assists while Milwaukee ended Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. Jabari Parker had 18 points and Michael Beasley had 17 off the bench for the Bucks.
“It was a matter of us trusting each other,” Kidd said. “For a young team, sometimes it takes time. You want to put it in the…