Sessions filled in nicely for Irving the previous time out and looks for an encore performance versus the Milwaukee Bucks tonight from Quicken Loans Arena. Irving, the first overall pick in last summer's NBA Draft, did not play in Wednesday's 99-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers and Sessions recorded season highs in points and assists with 24 and 13, respectively. Sessions is averaging 11.8 points, 8.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his last five games.
Irving, who is day-to-day, suffered a concussion after being kneed in the head during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 107-91 loss to the Miami Heat. He experienced headaches after the game that worsened over the course of the night and during pregame activities prior to Wednesday's contest.
"Obviously you could feel sorry for yourself and say one of our best players is out and go in the tank, or you could respond like we did," said Cleveland head coach Byron Scott.
Antawn Jamison finished with 27 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland, which won for the fourth time in the past 12 games and opened a franchise-record nine-game homestand on a winning note. The Cavs' homestand is tied for the third longest in NBA history and they are 5-5 at the Q this season. Cleveland will also host the 76ers, Pacers, Heat, Kings, Pistons, Hornets and Celtics.
Over his last three games, Jamison is averaging 23.7 points and 8.7 boards.
Milwaukee will wrap up a quick two-game road trip Friday in the Forest City and was able to halt a three-game losing streak with a 105-99 victory at Toronto on Wednesday.
Carlos Delfino scored a season-high 25 points to lead six players in double figures, while Drew Gooden had his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks. Mike Dunleavy added 18 points, Stephen Jackson had 17, Brandon Jennings scored 11 and Luc Mbah a Moute netted 10 in a winning cause. Jennings is posting just 7.3 ppg in his last three contests.
"We got out to a good start in the first half. Got a little behind defensively in the second half," said Gooden. "Carlos did a job picking up for us where Mike left off in the first half."
Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova did not play with back spasms and is listed as questionable for tonight's game. After visiting the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena, Milwaukee will head to Brew City for a three-game homestand versus Orlando, Miami and New Orleans.
Gooden has scored 20-plus points in three straight games, averaging 23 points per game over that stretch. Milwaukee is only 4-10 as the guest this season.
Milwaukee and Cleveland are meeting for the first time since the Bucks took three of four meetings a year ago. The Cavs have still won 16 of the last 23 matchups with the Bucks, who are just 2-14 in the last 16 trips to the Q.