One team was going to earn its first win of the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League. After suffering loss after loss, neither would go down without a fight.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers, both who entered the game 0-2, faced off Monday afternoon looking to improve their records. After trailing by 13 points through three quarters, the Cavaliers outscored the Bucks 37-24 in the fourth quarter and forced overtime.
They continued their momentum in the extra two minutes. The Cavaliers held the Bucks scoreless in overtime as they prevailed with a 94-87 victory at Cox Pavilion.
D.J. Seeley led the Cavaliers with 14 points (4-11 FG, 5-6 FT). He was followed closed behind by Cavs sophomore Joe Harris (4-12 FG, 4-8 3PG), second-round pick Sir'Dominic Pointer (5-6 FG) and NBA veteran D.J. White (4-7 FG, 5-6 FT). The trio scored 13 points apiece.
The Cavaliers dominated the Bucks on the boards, outrebounding them 43-33. Rakeem Christmas, a second-round pick acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves, pulled down 11 rebounds. It was a jump from his 2.5 rebound average in the first two Summer League games.
Bucks first round draft pick Rashad Vaughn (17th overall) led all his team with 18 points. The UNLV alum shot 8-for-16 from the field on campus where he previously earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.
Sean Kilpatrick, who entered the game leading the Bucks in scoring, had another double-digit performance. He scored 16 points off the bench (5-9 FG, 2-4 3PG, 4-4 FT).
Ukranian big man Viacheslav Kravstov blocked five shots for the Bucks.
The Bucks did have a 19-7 advantage on assists. Jorge Gutierrez, who joined the Bucks last season, dished eight dimes. No one on the Cavaliers had more than assist.
Jabari Parker took in the game sitting on the baseline next to the Bucks bench. The former second overall pick missed most of last season with a torn ACL. Head coach Jason Kidd was in the stands for the action, while the Cavaliers coaching staff watched courtside.
The Cavaliers improved to 1-2 while the Bucks fell to 0-3 in Summer League action. Neither team will play again before the tournament seeding begins.