Next Men Up Lead Cavs Past Wolves in Minnesota

With Love Sidelined, Big Two Pave the Way as Williams Impresses Again
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Wrap-Up -- Dating back to their incredible shorthanded run to the 2015 NBA Finals, the Cavaliers have prided themselves on their next-man-up mentality.

So when they received news that Kevin Love would miss significant time following left knee surgery, the Wine and Gold knew exactly what to do – continuing their red-hot roll towards the All-Star Break and sweeping the season series against the T-Wolves, taking the 116-108 decision on Tuesday night in Minnesota.

Love was having his best season as a Cavalier, had been outstanding of late – doubling-up in eight of his last 10 games – and was headed for his fourth career All-Star Game on Sunday night. But after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee on Tuesday morning, it was determined that he’ll be sidelined for the next six weeks.

Getting his second start in place against Love against Minnesota, Channing Frye stepped up and tied a season-high with 21 points and 10 boards, going 7-for-15 from the floor to go with a pair of blocked shots.

In those two starts, Frye’s averaging 19.5 points, 7.0 boards and 2.0 blocks.

The Cavaliers used a similar formula to the one that helped them drop Minnesota at The Q two weeks ago – running up a 69-point first half and turning up the defensive intensity down the stretch – holding the talented young T-Wolves to just 15 points in the fourth quarter.

LeBron James topped double-digit assists for the 20th time this year – finishing with 25 points and a team-high 14 helpers, going 10-for-14 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from long range.

Kyrie Irving added 25 points of his own, going 10-for-27 from the floor to go with seven assists, a steal and blocked shot.

Tristan Thompson grabbed double-digit boards for the fourth time in his last five games – notching his 16th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards, going 6-of-7 from the floor in the win.

Cleveland got another big boost off the bench from Derrick Williams, who inked a 10-day deal last week and has impressed in every appearance as a Cavalier – finishing with 13 points in 22 minutes, finishing 5-of-7 from the floor to go with six boards.

In his three games with the Wine and Gold, Williams is averaging 10.7 points per while shooting 77 percent – 10-of-13 – from the floor.

Channing Frye


The Wine and Gold get contributions from everyone to improve to 38-16.

Name Points Rebounds Assists
LeBron James 25 8 14
Kyrie Irving 25 1 7
Channing Frye 21 10 1

Andrew Wiggins continued to torment the team that originally drafted him – leading everyone with 41 points on 16-for-29 shooting, including 4-of-8 from long-range. To the Cavaliers’ credit, they held the high-flying forward to just four points in the final period.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 26 points but just eight boards and Rick Rubio led both squads with 16 assists.

Turning Point -- The Cavaliers led by 14 points midway through the third quarter and were threatening to pull away as they had in the win over Minnesota earlier this month at The Q.

But Andrew Wiggins caught fire – finishing with 19 points in the period – and his jumper at the third quarter buzzer capped a 20-6 run and tied the game at 93-apiece heading into the fourth.

The Cavs improved their lead to six on Kyle Korver’s triple, but Wiggins got the T-Wolves back to within one – 105-104 – midway through the quarter. But Cleveland clamped down from there, closing the contest on an 11-4 run to win their sixth straight over Minnesota.

By the Numbers.648 … combined shooting percentage – 46-for-71 – of Kyle Korver and Derrick Williams during the month of February.

QuotableDerrick Williams, on his role with the Cavaliers …

”I’m ready for the challenge. Anyway I can help, whether it’s on defense, offense, rebounding. I knew tonight without K-Love we needed to get rebounds collectively. Not just one person. Whether it’s tipping the ball out, or keeping the ball alive, whatever it might be. Just trying to get that extra effort.”

Up Next -- The Cavaliers complete the first half of the season – although it’ll be their 55th game of 2016-17 – on Wednesday night, taking on the Pacers, who they dropped one week earlier in Indiana. On Sunday night, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will suit up for the 66th annual All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The Wine and Gold get back to work the following Thursday, when they take on the Knicks in a nationally-televised affair at The Q.

Calls of the Game

#CavsWolves Postgame: LeBron James - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves - February 14, 2017

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#CavsWolves Postgame: LeBron James - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  04:25

#CavsWolves Postgame: Derrick Williams - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward Derrick Williams spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  03:49

#CavsWolves Postgame: Kyrie Irving - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  04:51

#CavsWolves Postgame: Channing Frye - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward Channing Frye spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  02:53

#CavsWolves Postgame: Richard Jefferson - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  03:13

#CavsWolves Postgame: Coach Lue - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  02:58

#CavsWolves On Court Postgame: LeBron James - February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with Fox Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Tuesday's 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Feb 15, 2017  |  02:41

James' Near Triple-Double Versus Minnesota

LeBron James nears a triple-double with 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds versus Minnesota.
Feb 14, 2017  |  03:03

Irving Drops 25 Versus Minnesota

Kyrie Irving scores 25 points with seven assists versus Minnesota.
Feb 14, 2017  |  02:22

LeBron's 14 Assists Versus Minnesota

LeBron James hands out 14 assists versus Minnesota.
Feb 14, 2017  |  01:56

LBJ Lobs DWill - February 14, 2017

LeBron James throws the long lob pass to Derrick Williams for the alley-oop slam.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:09

Williams with the Fastbreak Flush - February 14, 2017

Richard Jefferson alertly throws the long outlet pass to Derrick Williams for the easy fastbreak flush.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:10

Tristan Finishes the Alley-Oop - February 14, 2017

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson continue to be on the same page as Irving lobs TT for the alley-oop crunch.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:11

LBJ Rocks the Rim - February 14, 2017

LeBron James darts past the Timberwolves defense and rocks the rim on the slam.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:10

Featured Highlight: LBJ Throws the Hammer Down

Kyrie Irving finds a streaking LeBron James who throws the hammer down on the Timberwolves defense.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:12

TT Hustles for the Putback - February 14, 2017

Tristan Thompson crashes the offensive glass and gets the putback deuce off the Derrick Williams miss.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:10

LBJ with the Hoop and the Harm - February 14, 2017

LeBron James takes the ball strong into the paint, absorbs the contact and finishes the bucket, plus the foul.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:10

LBJ Throws No-Look to Williams - February 14, 2017

LeBron James throws the nifty no-look bounce pass to Derrick Williams who finishes the layup, plus the foul.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:11

RJ Skies for the Slam - February 14, 2017

Richard Jefferson drives baseline and skies high for the emphatic flush.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:11

LBJ Finishes the And-One - February 14, 2017

Channing Frye finds LeBron James on the back cut as LBJ finishes with the hoop and the harm.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:10

Kryie and Tristan Work the Two-Man Game - February 14, 2017

Kyrie Irving drops the pocket pass to Tristan Thompson who finishes the layup, plus the foul.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:10

Featured Highlight: Kyrie Lobs Tristan

Kyrie Irving finds Tristan Thompson in secondary transition for the alley-oop finish.
Feb 14, 2017  |  00:12

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 116, Timberwolves 108

Kyrie Irving scores 25 points, LeBron James nears a triple-double with 25 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds as Cleveland wins it, 116-108.
Feb 14, 2017  |  02:47

1-on-1 with Channing Frye - February 14, 2017

Cavs.com caught up with Cavaliers big man, Channing Frye, prior to Tuesday's shootaround at the Target Center.
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#CavsWolves Shootaround: LeBron James – February 14, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media prior to Tuesday’s shootaround at the Target Center.
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#CavsWolves Shootaround: Coach Lue – February 14, 2017

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Tuesday’s shootaround at the Target Center.
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