Monta Ellis scores 30 points, Milwaukee Bucks fend off Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-98

By Chris Jenkins

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 4 2012 8:27 p.m. MDT

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott argues a call with an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Milwaukee.

Jeffrey Phelps, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Monta Ellis scored 16 of his 30 points in the final 5 minutes, helping the Milwaukee Bucks fend off a Cleveland team missing Kyrie Irving for a 107-98 victory Wednesday night.

Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 for Milwaukee. The Bucks have won four of their past five to close within a game of New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks were off Wednesday.

Anthony Parker had a season-high 27 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost nine straight and 12 of 13.

Cleveland looked lost at times without Irving, who reinjured his sprained right shoulder Tuesday night in a blowout loss to San Antonio.

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