CLEVELAND - Sam Cassell scored 39 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a double-overtime victory - but was not pleased.
"We just escaped," Cassell said after a wild 140-133 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. "We're up by 20 and let up. We can't have these games."
Ricky Davis scored a career-high 45 points, 33 after halftime, to lead Cleveland.
"All those points are depreciated by the loss," Davis said. "And it kind of hurts. We did a lot of good things, but didn't win."
Davis and rookie Smush Parker, who scored 16 of his 20 points after the start of the fourth quarter, helped Cleveland overcome a 21-point deficit to send the game into overtime.
"We should have had it, but made a couple of bonehead plays in overtime," Parker said. "We're young, we're growing and we had a good run. Now we have to win."
Cleveland rookie power forward Carlos Boozer Jr., a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, came off the bench to score 14 points and grab a career-high 13 rebounds. Davis and Cleveland coach John Lucas both said they loved the lift Parker and Boozer gave the Cavaliers off the bench.
"He (Parker) came in and brouoght energy," Davis said. "He played the best he's played all year. He's growing, and we got more guys growing. Booze is growing, so in a little bit more time we will be all right."
"I love the way Boozer came in and played," Lucas said. "I love what Smush Parker did, and I think Smush can do that on a regular basis. I'd like to see more of that."
Milwaukee's Michael Redd had a career-high 35 points and Ray Allen added 28 in his third game back from a sprained ankle. Allen and Redd each made six 3-point shots as the Bucks shot 16-for-33 from beyond the arc.
"This was one of a kind," Allen said. "I've never played one like it. It was under control until the fourth quarter. They started making shots and the momentum changed."
The Bucks finally wore down Cleveland with a strong inside game. Anthony Mason, who scored 12 points, hit two quick baskets to open the second overtime. Tim Thomas, who finished with 22 points, scored four more points in close.
Allen hit a 3-pointer to finally put Milwaukee in command at 129-124.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, but did not play in the second overtime. The 7-foot-3 center, who has a history of foot problems, is on a strict limit of playing time.
With the crowd chanting, "We want Z," Cavs coach John Lucas turned to fans behind the bench and said, "He's at 35 minutes, that's it, no more."
General manager Jim Paxson defended his coach: "It is not coach Lucas' decision and it is not Z's decision. It was the right thing to do. Coach Lucas handled it the way he should."
Cassell, who missed a 94-88 loss to New Orleans on Saturday night with a strained hip flexor muscle, had a triple-double as he also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Clippers 94, Hornets 90
Elton Brand scored 13 of a season-high 29 points in fourth quarter as Los Angeles handed New Orleans its first home loss of the season.
Brand, who surpassed 20 points for the sixth straight game, scored seven straight points after Baron Davis' 3-pointer gave New Orleans an 81-79 lead.
Celtics 114, Magic 109, OT
At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 30 points, including 10 of the Celtics final 12 in regulation, and Antoine Walker added 28 points.
Orlando's Tracy McGrady led all scorers with 31 points, Mike Miller added 29 and Grant Hill had 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven turnovers.
Nets 106, Suns 93
At East Rutherford, N.J., Jason Kidd had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and New Jersey made amends for a dismal game in Phoenix less than two weeks ago.
Richard Jefferson added 19 points and Rodney Rogers had 18 as the Nets had six players in double figures in atoning for an 82-75 loss in Phoenix on Nov. 27 - New Jersey's lowest-scoring game of the season.
Timberwolves 92, Nuggets 84
At Denver, Troy Hudson scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota.
Hudson and Garnett combined for 18 points in the fourth for the Timberwolves, who had lost two of their previous three games. Garnett has double-doubles in 11 straight games.
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