CLEVELAND -- O.J. Mayo got not one but two great looks at the end of overtime Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
But the Milwaukee Bucks guard misfired on both and the Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a 114-111 victory, thanks in large part to 39 points from guard Kyrie Irving.
If Mayo had knocked down one of those three-point tries the Bucks (5-21) would have played in double overtime for the second straight game.
"Man, I didn't know I had that much time and I kind of rushed it, that second one," Mayo said. "I'll take them any time of the day.
"I should have made it, though."
Again Milwaukee had chances to prevail in regulation, just as it did in a double-overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
This time guard Brandon Knight had a jumper rim out, a shot that would have given the Bucks a four-point lead with 9.9 seconds left.
Instead the Cavaliers were able to tie the score at 96-96 when Irving was denied on a drive but Tristan Thompson tipped home the miss with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Khris Middleton's 18-foot jumper at the buzzer was short and the Cavaliers (10-15) were able to get into overtime.
"Two overtime games in a row and we feel we should have won both," Knight said. "Frustrating, but we've got to just keep with the same habits."
Knight shook his head about his step-back jumper that missed.
"It looked like it was a good bounce," Knight said. "I'll continue to take those shots. That was a make for me.
"I'll be confident to shoot the next one."
Irving hit a pair of three-pointers early in overtime and Jarrett Jack also sank one as Cleveland grabbed a 107-101 lead.
Then the Cavaliers held on as the Bucks made one last push, getting within two on a Middleton three-pointer with 39.7 seconds left.
Irving made four free throws to help secure the victory, but the Cavaliers could not be sure until Mayo's last miss after Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh grabbed an offensive rebound.
The Bucks did not have a timeout but patiently worked the ball upcourt.
"We got the looks we wanted," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "One off a designed play, one off an offensive rebound."
Drew said the Bucks had defensive breakdowns that allowed the Cavaliers to knock down 4 of 5 three-point attempts in the overtime period.
"He's a special guard," Drew said of Irving, who had been sick the last two days but added six assists and a career-best four blocks to his night's work.
Even when Irving took a shot to the ribs in a collision with Knight with about 2 minutes left in regulation, the Cavaliers guard bounced back up.
"He practically carried them," Drew said. "When he turned it up when he felt he needed to, they put a lot of pressure on the interior with him penetrating and causing us to collapse."
The Bucks dropped to 1-4 in overtime games despite a double-double by power forward John Henson (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Knight's near triple-double of 17 points, a career-best 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Mayo scored a team-high 20 points in 36 minutes off the bench but shot just 6 of 21.
"We're knocking on the door," Henson said. "It's rough growing pains but I think overall we're getting there.
"I don't think I've ever seen O.J. miss two in a row wide open like that. It's part of the game. They both looked good, so it happens."
Jack added 17 points for Cleveland. C.J. Miles had 15 and Earl Clark 14, including a clutch three in overtime.
The Bucks cut their turnovers down, committing 12, and stayed close in the rebounding battle (56-52) but shot only 40 percent, hitting 40 of 100 attempts.
"There are a lot of positives to take from it," Knight said. "We have to make sure to remember not to put our heads down and know what we're facing as a team."
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