Cavs Hold Off Timberwolves

November 4, 2013
by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

Wrap-Up – The Cavaliers made Monday’s affair more interesting than it probably should’ve been, but at season’s end, it’ll simply show up as a “W.”

The Cavs led by 16 points with just over five minutes to play, but Minnesota went on a 17-2 run to cut Cleveland’s lead to just a single point. The T-Wolves had a shot to take the lead on the final possession of the game, but Kevin Love’s contested three-point attempt drew back iron, preserving the 93-92 win for the Wine and Gold.

C.J. Miles led the Cavaliers with 19 points off the bench. Kyrie Irving flirted with a triple-double, netting 15 points, eight boards and six assists to go with two blocks and a steal. On the negative side, Irving led both squads with nine turnovers. Anderson Varejao was 6-of-7 from the floor for 12 points and Tristan Thompson tallied his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards. Andrew Bynum logged 18 minutes of action and rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 10 points, four boards and a game-high three blocks.

Turning Point – The Cavaliers led by six, 31-25, just after the start of the second quarter when C.J. Miles took over the game – hitting two straight three-pointers and a turnaround jumper before picking Nikola Pekovic’s pocket and feeding ahead to a streaking Alonzo Gee for the dunk, extending Cleveland’s lead to two touchdowns. The Cavs would eventually improve their edge to 23 points before Minnesota’s late rally.

Game BallC.J. Miles – Miles has been Cleveland’s Mr. Consistent through the first four games, bringing instant offense off the bench – averaging 14.8 ppg this season and notching double-figures in every game but one. On Monday, Miles finished 8-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for 19 points in just over 18 minutes of play. But Miles was also clutch on the defensive end with a pair of blocked shots and steals to go with five rebounds.

By the Numbers40 … Points off the bench for the Cavaliers on Monday night. They came into the contest averaging 33.7 ppg and held Minnesota’s reserves to just 27 points.

QuotableC.J. Miles, describing his big night against Minnesota …

”I was just able to get some good looks. I got to the basket a couple of times, I got some wide-open looks. I feel like I’m supposed to knock down all of those. When you get a couple of easy ones, everything else just feels like a rhythm after that.”

Up Next – After a quick stop at home on Monday, the Cavaliers hit the road once again. They begin with a trip to Milwaukee to face off against the Bucks on Wednesday then travel to the City of Brotherly Love for a Friday night meeting with Michael Carter-Williams and the surprising Sixers. They complete the home-and-home back-to-back against Philly back at The Q on Saturday night. Immediately after, the Wine and Gold get right back on the road for a Central Division showdown in Chicago next Monday followed by a rematch with the Wolves in Minneapolis two days later.

Watch Highlights: Cavs 93, Timberwolves 92