LeBron, Cavs entertain Bucks at the Q

(SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, will lead his Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs have won three straight thanks to some extraordinary play from James, who also won the Player of the Week honor two weeks ago. James averaged 25.7 points (second in the conference), 8.7 assists (tied-fourth in the conference), 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals (tied-third in the conference).

James, who shot percent or better from the field in all three games, recorded two double-doubles and gave Cleveland the conference's only perfect week.

After starting a five-game homestand with a loss to the Toronto Raptors, the Cavaliers have rattled off victories over the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers.

Cleveland's most recent win was the 109-97 triumph over Indy. That was the victory during this streak that wasn't a double-digit romp.

Kevin Love had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs on Saturday. Kyrie Irving posted 24 points, 10 boards and five assists, while James added 19 points and seven helpers for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland center Anderson Varejao missed the game with a rib contusion. Tristan Thompson started in his place and registered another double-double for the Cavs, this one, a 13-point, 11-rebound effort.

"We had our assists up and three guys had double-doubles," James said.

The Cavaliers hit the road for three straight, starting Thursday night at Madison Square Garden versus the New York Knicks.

The Bucks had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night with a 117-103 home loss to the Houston Rockets.

Rookie Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 19 points, Ersan Ilyasova dropped in 18 and Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 17 with seven rebounds.

Brandon Knight chipped in 12 points, while Larry Sanders and Khris Middleton both finished with 11.

"They had a lot of pressure on us," said Sanders, who blocked three shots versus Houston. "That's a game we can build off of but there are definitely issues we have to address."

The Bucks allowed 64 second-half points.

Milwaukee is in much better shape than last season when it finished with a league-worst 15 wins. It wasn't until game No. 53 in the 2013-14 campaign that the Bucks won for the 10th time.

These two Central Division rivals split two meetings last season with the home team victorious in all four. The Cavs have won three straight as the host in this series and is 9-4 in their last 13 at the Q versus Milwaukee.