The Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova goes up for a shot.
The Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova goes up for a shot. Aaron Gash

Dellavedova to be given NBA ring by Cavaliers

BASKETBALL: Aussie point guard Matthew Dellavedova will get an early "Christmas present” tomorrow (AEST) when he returns to Cleveland to collect his 2016 NBA championship ring.

The Milwaukee Bucks point guard heads back to the Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in last season's NBA finals.

A cult figure in Cleveland, Dellavedova signed a monster $US38 million contract with the Bucks in the off-season, but expects his return to be "pretty special”.

"It's my Christmas present so I'm really looking forward to it,” Dellavedova told Cleveland.com. "My family's going to be in town and it's going to be fun.”

While Dellavedova played sparingly in the finals, the Cleveland crowd has had nothing but love for its former champions, with Lakers centre Timofey Mozgov mobbed by his ex-teammates and given a rousing reception when he was presented with his title ring earlier this week.

"I did see Mozzy get his and it looked very cool,” Dellavedova said. "It was fun to see Mozzy with that big of a smile on his face and I'm excited.”

Dellavedova will also have a little revenge on his mind after the Cavs knocked over the Bucks 114-108 in a tight overtime clash in Milwaukee today.

Delly was leant on heavily by coach Jason Kidd, playing 39 minutes, but shot just 30% from the field on the way to eight points and five assists.

Stars Jabari Parker (30 points, nine rebounds) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (25 points, 13 assists, three blocks) lead the way for the Bucks, who fought back from a double-digit deficit to force OT.

But Parker missed a pair of free throws with less than 30 seconds to go that would have squared it up in the first period of extra time, leaving the Cavs to run away with it.

Superstar LeBron James had a near-triple double with 34 points, 12 boards and seven dimes, with Kyrie Irving dropping 28 points.

The two clubs shift to Cleveland for the second of back-to-back games from 10am (AEST).

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