MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Monta Ellis made Milwaukee’s final eight shots Wednesday night, as the Bucks beat Cleveland 107-98 at the Bradley Center. Ellis scored 16 of his 30 points in the final four-and-a-half minutes, as the Bucks moved to within one game of New York for the eighth-and-last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ellis also had eight rebounds and five assists. For the 11th time in 12 games, the Bucks scored at least 50 points in the first half, as they took a 53-39 edge into the locker room. The Cavaliers cut Milwaukee’s lead to six when Ellis scored on a driving layup, and then hit six jump shots to end the game. Anthony Parker tied a career-high with 27 points for Cleveland, which lost its ninth straight. The Cavs were without rookie guard Kyrie Irving, who re-injured a sprained shoulder on Tuesday night. Bucks’ center Drew Gooden sat out with a sore back. Ekpe Udoh started in his place, and had 11 points and eight rebounds. Milwaukee forward Carlos Delfino missed his fifth straight game with an injured groin. Brandon Jennings scored 19 for the Bucks, who’ve won four of their last five. Game two of Milwaukee’s current five-game home stand is tomorrow night against Charlotte.
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