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Recap: Cavs 83, Bucks 81

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2010

If the Cavs are to have any chance at a successful season, this is the way Mo Williams will have to play nine games out of 10. He is their leader now. He is the closest they have to an Alpha dog. When Williams struggles, the Cavs don't have much of a chance.

That was illustrated Tuesday during a blowout loss to the Pacers, when Williams barely made an impact. He has seemed distant and uninterested at times this season. He has been fantastic other times. In the second half on Wednesday, he was fantastic.

He scored 25 points on the night, 21 in the second half, found his spots on the floor and hit open teammates at the right times. He was exactly what the Cavaliers needed.

"I'll accept that role," Williams said. "Someone has to be that aggressive guy every single night, no matter how the game is going. We need that one guy. With me having the ball, the team will follow. When I'm aggressive like that, no matter how I'm feeling, I have to set the tone."

Scott credited the defense for finally playing well for 48 minutes. I won't go that far. The Cavs' buzzer-beating victory over the Bucks was more a product of the Bucks' woeful shooting. They entered the worst in the league at 41 percent and ended the night even worse at 38 percent.

But the Cavs do deserve credit for fighting back from another double-digit deficit in the second half. And Williams led the charge.

Stats
Cavs

Mo Williams 25 points, 5 assists
Anthony Parker 14 points, 2 of 4 on 3s
Daniel Gibson 12 points, 4 rebounds
J.J. Hickson 2 points, 5 rebounds
Anderson Varejao 6 points, 13 rebounds
Bucks
Keyon Dooling 18 points, 5 assists
John Salmons 14 points, 3 assists
Corey Maggette 10 points, 8 rebounds

Turning point
It may not be the turning point, but it was clearly the key pay. Williams got enough space with Brandon Jennings guarding him to swish a 15-foot jumper as time expired. The shot ended the Cavs' three-game losing streak, while extending the Bucks' skid to four.

He said it
"We had this other guy..." -- Mo Williams, referring to LeBron James and why he hadn't hit any other game winners for the Cavs

He said it again
"Lucky shot, lucky shot, lucky shot, lucky shot." -- Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, who apparently wasn't impressed after Williams' game-winner floated over his outstretched hand.

Key stat
The Cavs held the Bucks to 13 points on 3 of 14 shooting in the fourth quarter.

Notes
* The Cavs have won eight of their last nine games against the Bucks, dating back to the 2008-09 season.

* Williams' 21 points in the second half are the most by any Cavs player in a half this season. He scored the team's last eight points over the final 4:24.

* Varejao's 13 rebounds equaled a season high.

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