Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored Cleveland's first six points in the second overtime to lead the Cavaliers to a 104-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Cleveland.
LeBron James, who became the youngest player to score 9,000 career points earlier in the game, led Cleveland with 31 points.
James played 51 of 58 minutes in the marathon game. Michael Redd, who led Milwaukee with 22 points, played 54 minutes while Mo Williams played 51.
Williams made two free throws to tie the score at 85 at the end of regulation. Then Cleveland's Devin Brown put in a rebound shot to tie it at 93 at the end of the first overtime.
In the second overtime, a basket by Ilgauskas gave the Cavaliers the lead, Williams' 3-pointer put Milwaukee ahead before another basket by Ilgauskas gave Cleveland a 97-96 lead. Ilgauskas, who scored 24 points, added a jumper from the top of the key at the 1:24 mark for a 99-96 lead. Williams made two free throws before James scored on a drive to put Cleveland ahead again by three.
Redd was fouled with 19.1 seconds left. He made the first shot, but missed the second, but Andrew Bogut missed a point-blank return shot. Ilgauskas grabbed that rebound and the Cavaliers called time. After James made two free throws for a four-point lead, Williams shot an airball on a 3-point attempt and Daniel Gibson split a pair of free throws to put it away.