The Cavaliers have lost five straight games since racing to an 8-1 start.
Lopez was one off his career high in 3-pointers. The 7-footer made eight 3-pointers against Miami on Nov. 11, 2018.
Mitchell returned after sitting out one game with a strained right ankle, but the Cavaliers played a second straight game without Jarrett Allen due to a non-COVID illness. Without their All-Star center on the floor, the Cavaliers were outrebounded 52-34 and outscored 21-6 in second-chance points.
After trailing for most of the first two quarters, the Bucks grabbed a 61-60 lead at the half before breaking the game open in the third period.
MarJon Beauchamp’s dunk capped an 11-0 run that extended the Bucks’ lead to 77-63 with 7:15 left in the third quarter. The Bucks outscored the Cavaliers 34-18 in that period and led by as many as 20.
Cleveland cut the lead to 100-91 with less than 7 1/2 minutes left in the game, but the Bucks scored the next nine points to seal the victory.
Cavaliers: Swingman Dylan Windler will miss about four to six more weeks after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection on his sprained right ankle. The ankle injury has caused Windler to play just one game this season. “He had a phenomenal lead-up to camp with us,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said before the game. “We were expecting really good things for him. I was happy for him that he kind of found that confidence and that swagger and that belief in himself. And then this happens. It’s tough.”
Bucks: Connaughton was listed as probable on the initial injury report, but was held out. The 29-year-old guard hasn’t played this season due to strained right calf. “We don’t want to rush it,” coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “Just feel like giving him a little more time was the wisest move.” ... The Bucks went with a super-sized starting lineup that included a frontcourt of the 6-11, Antetokounmpo, the 7-foot Lopez and the 6-11 Portis. ... A.J. Green returned from a nasal fracture to play his second game of the season and first since Oct. 22.
Cavaliers: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday to begin a four-game homestand.
Bucks: At Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Bucks opened the season by winning 90-88 at Philadelphia on Oct. 20.
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Steve Megargee, The Associated Press