Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said he's sticking with Delonte West, and the troubled guard showed for one game that Cleveland's faith in him could pay off.
"He started for us on a 66-win team last year," Brown said. "We know what he's definitely capable of. We're going to be patient with him."
Playing 24 minutes in a reserve role, West scored 14 of his season-high 21 points in a 29-0 first-half run to lead the streaking Cavaliers to a 101-86 victory over the host Bucks yesterday.
West has been working through personal and legal issues after being arrested in September in Washington. LeBron James was jumping for joy from the bench watching West's performance.
"We know how tough we are to beat when Delonte's at a high level," James said.
In other games:
* At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 24 points and seven rebounds as the Lakers defeated Phoenix, 108-88.
* At New York, Larry Hughes scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter, and the Knicks ended the New Jersey Nets' winning streak at one game with a 106-97 victory.
* At Sacramento, Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 10 assists as the Miami Heat downed the Kings, 115-102. Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 30 points.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Charlie Villanueva 18 as the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards, 98-94.