Bob Sura wasn't going to be fooled. He had probably seen Sam Cassell make the same move a thousand times before.
"I was teasing Bobby that he's been watching me," said Cavs guard Brevin Knight. "It's about time he learned to do that. Seriously, that was a great defensive play. It was the game right there."
But Sura didn't allow Cassell to get off a shot, and the ball went out of bounds off the Bucks guard.
Sura left before reporters could ask him about the play after the game.
Cassell had plenty to say, though.
"I know I was fouled but the ref didn't see it that way. No way was that a clean steal," he said. "It takes a big-time referee to step up and make a call like that. I'm not knocking Bob. I think he did a tremendous job out there, but that's a call that's supposed to be made."
Milwaukee was then whistled for technical foul for delay of game and Knight made the free throw to put Cleveland up 115-112. Knight then made two more free throws in the final second to ice the win.
The Bucks, playing their third game in four nights, were not pleased with much of the officiating.
"It was a crazy refereed game," said Bucks coach George Karl. "Too many free hrows (88), too many stoppages in play. You can't blame the referees. But it was a wild refereed game on both sides."
Sura had 23 points and Knight had 18 and 12 assists for the Cavs, who outran the NBA's second-highest scoring team. Kemp finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
"Wow!" said first-year Cavs coach Randy Wittman. "I'm really pleased with that after our lackluster effort that we had versus Seattle."
But it was Cleveland's bench that was the difference in a game that featured 11 lead changes and 12 ties, including three in the final five minutes. The Cavs reserves outscored Milwaukee's 50-25, and Cleveland got big contributions from Andrew DeClercq and Cedric Henderson down the stretch.
Wittman replaced Henderson in the starting lineup after the small forward began the season 2-for-22 from the floor. But Henderson finished with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and hit a clutch shot with 1:09 left.
"He was a little bit Ced of old and that was good," Wittman said. "He made a big, big shot down the stretch."
Robinson's 3-pointer gave the Bucks 108-105 lead, and with Kemp on the bench after picking up a technical foul, the Cavs looked to be in big trouble.
But DeClercq came in and had a monstrous one-handed dunk followed by a two-hander underneath off a nice pass from Knight to put Cleveland up 109-108 with 2:46 remaining.
However, Cassell answered with a 3-pointer on Milwaukee's next trip.
Henderson's 16-foot jumper put Cleveland back ahead, and after Kemp blocked Cassell's shot down low, Henderson put the Cavs up 112-110 with a free throw.
Allen hit a 10-footer to tie it at 112, but Kemp was fouled on a putback to set up his decisive free throws.
When Allen picked up his fifth foul and went to the bench with the Bucks trailing by 11 in the third quarter, Cassell took it upon himself to bring the Bucks back.
He scored eight points during an 11-2 run capped by Haywoode Workman's 3-pointer from the corner that gave Milwaukee an 83-82 lead after three.
Looking to run whenever they could, the Cavs got some easy fastbreak layups in the first half as Milwaukee was slow getting back on defense.
Sura found a slashing Andre Miller with a behind-the-back pass for a layup to give the Cavs a 60-44 lead with 1:26 left before halftime.
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