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Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, left, and the Cavaliers' Dwyane Wade battle for a loose ball in the first half of Tuesday's game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won, 124-119. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)
Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, left, and the Cavaliers' Dwyane Wade battle for a loose ball in the first half of Tuesday's game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won, 124-119. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)

Cavaliers 124, Bucks 119

Kevin Love joked that he might swing by the hospital on his way home.

On a recent visit, he got a dose of something that made him and the Cavaliers feel better.

Love scored a season-high 32 points without attempting a 3-pointer, LeBron James added 30 following an interesting couple days on social media, and Cleveland withstood a 40-point performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

The Cavs have been one of the NBA's biggest surprises this season — for all the wrong reasons. But after losing five of six, they did enough to hand the young-and-improving Bucks their fourth straight loss and keep Cleveland fans from panicking.

Love was briefly hospitalized after scoring just four points and leaving a surprising loss to Atlanta in the third quarter on Sunday. Following his best game this season, Cleveland's center was asked what IV medications he received.

"I don't know," he said with a smile. "Whatever they gave me I might go back and check myself in tonight."

Love added 16 rebounds. J.R. Smith found his stroke and added a season-high 20 points for the Cavs.

"That's my guy," James said of Smith, who went 5 of 7 on 3-pointers while wearing a model of James' sneakers. "Swish is my guy and he's been struggling the first 10 games. I told him it was the shoes. He finally decided to wear my shoes. After a long conversation we finally decided to wear them and he had a breakout game.

"He hit the 3-ball, got into the paint. That was Swish. We're gonna need more of that from him a lot coming up."

Still a few weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, the multi-talented Antetokounmpo finished 16 of 21 from the floor. He also had nine rebounds and eight turnovers before fouling out with 18 seconds left.

Malcolm Brogdon had 22 points for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton finished with 20.

Before the game, the Bucks got some scoring help by acquiring guard Eric Bledsoe from Phoenix in exchange for forward/center Greg Monroe and two draft picks.

Afterward, coach Jason Kidd complained about the officiating. Milwaukee was called for 31 personals compared to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavs attempted 38 free throws.

Kidd pointed out that over the past three games, opponents have tried 95 free throws to 40 for Milwaukee.

"I just got fined," he said. "That's one way. The other way is by expressing to the officials and I did that the whole night. The different crews that we've had have been awful."

Cleveland's start to the season has been puzzling on so many levels. Loaded with as much talent as any team in the league, the Eastern Conference champions have been beating good teams and losing to squads they should be handling.

"We don't want to," Love said. "We'd rather come out and play — because we're capable — at a high level of basketball every single game. We have a ton of talent in here."

The myriad issues have led to the usual scrutiny of James, who caused a stir on social media Monday night.

Moments after former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics beat the Hawks for their ninth straight win, James posted a meme on his Instagram account of the kids' cartoon character Arthur with a clenched fist with the caption "mood."

Asked for the meaning, James shrugged.

"I like Arthur," he said.

Spurs 120, Clippers 107

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, and the Spurs made a season-high 15 3-pointers in their third straight win.

San Antonio also had a season-best 12 steals, and Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol all had or matched their best scoring output of the season. Green scored 24 points, Gay had 22 and Gasol added 19.

The Spurs were dominant in the third quarter for the second straight game. After routing Phoenix by 21 points in the third quarter Sunday, San Antonio outscored the Clippers by 19.

Austin Rivers led Los Angeles with 24 points. Blake Griffin added 15 points on 4-for-13 shooting.

Kings 94, Thunder 86

Zach Randolph scored each of his 18 of his points in the second half, Buddy Hield had 21 points and Sacramento stopped a seven-game losing streak.

The Kings were limited to 10 points in the first quarter, but stormed back to take the lead going into halftime and never trailed in the second half.

Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has dropped three in a row. The Thunder shot 33.7 percent (29 for 86) from the field, committed three shot clock violations in the third quarter alone and finished with 17 turnovers.

Grizzlies 98, Trail Blazers 97

Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, Mike Conley had 20 — all in the second half — and the Grizzlies held off the Trail Blazers.

Marc Gasol added 16 points as the Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip.

CJ McCollum led Portland with 36 points. Damian Lillard had 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting.

McCollum hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to pull Portland to 98-97. After a video review, officials reversed an out-of-bounds call with 12.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the Blazers. McCollum missed a pull-up jumper and got his own rebound but couldn't get another shot off in time.

Pelicans 117, Pacers 112

Anthony Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, and DeMarcus Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards.

Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans' third straight win. Darius Miller scored 12 points, and Jameer Nelson had 10.

Indiana had six players score in double figures in its third straight loss. Myles Turner had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored 15 points.

Indiana led 75-61 at halftime, but the Pelicans outscored the Pacers 35-19 in the third quarter.

Mavericks 113, Wizards 99

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and the Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak.

Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Washington. It was just the second win on the season for the Mavericks.

John Wall had 23 points and 14 assists in his return from a sprained left shoulder, but the Wizards lost for the fifth time in seven games. Bradley Beal had 23 points, and Otto Porter Jr. finished with 13.

Dallas led by as many as 16 in the second half before Washington put together a 14-0 run to close to 90-88 with 8:56 remaining in the game. The Mavericks responded with a 15-5 spurt and were never challenged again.

Kings 94, Thunder 86

Zach Randolph scored each of his 18 of his points in the second half, Buddy Hield had 21 points and Sacramento stopped a seven-game losing streak.

The Kings were limited to 10 points in the first quarter, but stormed back to take the lead going into halftime and never trailed in the second half.

Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has dropped three in a row. The Thunder shot 33.7 percent (29 for 86) from the field, committed three shot clock violations in the third quarter alone and finished with 17 turnovers.

Raptors 119, Bulls 114

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat Chicago for its first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.

Kyle Lowry scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had lost 11 straight meetings with the Bulls before the current streak began with an overtime victory on March 21. Toronto beat Chicago 117-100 on Oct. 19 in the opening game of the season for both teams.

Chicago's Bobby Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his first game of the season. Robin Lopez scored 20 points as Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.

Portis returned to the lineup after he was suspended for eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

Nuggets 112, Nets 104

Nikola Jokic had a career-high 41 points for Denver, and Will Barton and Paul Millsap scored 17 apiece.

Jokic also had 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The Nets starters couldn't match Jokic's output; they combined for 40 points.

Tyler Zeller led Brooklyn with a season-high 21 points. Only three Nets were in double figures. D'Angelo Russell had 12 points a night after scoring 23, and Timofey Mozgov scored 11.

76ers 104, Jazz 97

Dario Saric scored a season-high 25 points and Philadelphia won its fifth straight game.

The winning streak is the longest for the 76ers since the 2011-12 season.

Philadelphia used a 21-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by eight straight points from J.J. Redick, to take a 67-51 lead it never relinquished.

The Sixers seemed to have more energy on both ends of the floor despite being on the road without starting center Joel Embiid, who was rested. Saric grabbed 10 rebounds, Redick scored 20 points and Ben Simmons had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for his seventh double-double this season.

Rodney Hood led Utah with 19 points on 4-for-16 shooting, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Grizzlies 98, Trail Blazers 97

Tyreke Evans scored 21 points, Mike Conley had 20 — all in the second half — and the Grizzlies held off the Trail Blazers.

Marc Gasol added 16 points as the Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip.

CJ McCollum led Portland with 36 points. Damian Lillard had 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting.

McCollum hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to pull Portland to 98-97. After a video review, officials reversed an out-of-bounds call with 12.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the Blazers. McCollum missed a pull-up jumper and got his own rebound but couldn't get another shot off in time.

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