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Smith, Love lead Cavs to 6th straight win over Wolves


By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
Posted Jan 08 2016 11:52PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Love was back in Minnesota again, and this time the boos he heard were half-hearted and faint from the Target Center crowd.

Timberwolves fans have moved on, enamored with the player they got in return. And Love is settled in with the Cleveland Cavaliers, happy that he doesn't have to carry the load all by himself anymore.

J.R. Smith scored a season-high 27 points and Love had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists to help the Cavaliers to their sixth straight win, 125-99 over the Timberwolves on Friday night.

LeBron James added 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Iman Shumpert had 23 points and the Cavaliers outscored the Timberwolves 22-5 in transition to win for the 12th time in 14 games. Smith made 5 of 6 3-pointers in just 19 minutes and Cleveland was 13 of 27 from long range to top 120 points for the third straight game.

"It is nice. A lot of different guys can carry the load on this team," Love said. "It's not just one or two guys and that makes for a pretty formidable group."

Andrew Wiggins scored 35 points, Shabazz Muhammad had 22 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 for the Timberwolves, who have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10.

"J.R. can go 7 for 9 or he can go 1 for 9, it depends on the night," Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said. "You've got to pick your poison."

Love spent his first six seasons in Minnesota before he was traded last summer in a package that brought Wiggins to the Wolves. Love's pouty demeanor over the last half of his final season here didn't endear him to the fans who once adored him, and they booed him lustily in his return to Target Center last year.

They booed again on Friday, but it seemed like they were doing it more out of obligation rather than genuine distaste.

"This will be a place that will always be one of my homes and a place I hope I'll always be able to come back to," Love said.

Love only made 4 of 11 shots, but unlike the undermanned Wolves teams he played for, the Cavaliers don't need him to carry the scoring load - especially when Smith is shooting the lights out like he has been recently. He scored 49 points and hit 13 3s over his previous two games and kept raining them from deep against the Wolves.

Wiggins averaged 30 points in his two games against the Cavaliers last year and came out firing again on Friday night. But Smith matched him shot for shot, consistently drilling 3s over Wiggins' outstretched hand. Twenty-one of Smith's points came in the first half, the same output for Wiggins and Minnesota did not have near the scoring depth to keep pace with Love, James and the rest of the Cavs.

The Wolves led 17-13 early after a flurry from Wiggins, but Cleveland outscored the Wolves 22-10 to finish the first quarter and never looked back.

Kyrie Irving had 13 points in 26 minutes in his eighth game back from a knee injury he suffered in the NBA Finals and the spacing he has created has made all the difference for Smith.

"At the end of the day when I catch the ball, nobody's coming to help," Smith said. "Nobody's coming. It's just me and my man on an island, so I can pretty much do what I want. But nine times out of 10 the catch and shoot is already open and that's when I'm at my best."

YOUNG GUNS

Wiggins and Towns - the last two No. 1 overall draft picks and both just 20 years old - topped 20 points in the same game for the fifth time this season. Only Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (12) in 2008-09 and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury (7) in 1996-97 stand as duos 21 years old or younger that have done it more times in a season.

NO MO

Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams again did not play. His minutes have been drastically reduced since Irving returned from his knee injury, in part because of Irving's quick return to form and in part because of an injured right thumb.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Cleveland scored 35 points in the first quarter, its highest-scoring opening period of the season. ... Smith moved past Eddie Jones for 20th place on the NBA's career 3-pointers made list. ... The Cavs turned 13 turnovers into 24 points.

Timberwolves: Steve Kaplan, the minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies who is working with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on a succession plan to eventually take over the franchise in a few years, sat next to Taylor and his wife, Becky, courtside.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Sunday.

Timberwolves: Host Dallas on Sunday.


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CLE
MIN
     
    • 53.1%

    • 45.6%

    • 48.1%

    • 43.8%

    • 89.7%

    • 76.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE MIN
Total Rebounds 43 33
Offensive Rebounds 10 7
Turnovers 11 12
Fast Break Pts: 22 5
Biggest Lead: 29 7
Points in the Paint: 40 30
CLE MIN
p Smith   27 Wiggins   35
rb James   12 2 players   6
a James   8 Rubio   6
s Shumpert   4 2 players   2
b 2 players   2 2 players   1
 
  • 01/08 - CLE 125 @ MIN 99
  • 01/25 - MIN 107 @ CLE 114
Cleveland Cavaliers (25-9)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 32:14 5-12 0-4 3-4 +21 0 12 12 8 1 1 3 2 1 13
K. Love F 30:57 4-11 2-4 10-11 +16 1 8 9 4 1 0 0 1 0 20
T. Thompson C 29:05 2-3 0-0 2-2 +11 4 3 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 6
J. Smith G 19:06 10-12 5-6 2-2 +14 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 27
K. Irving G 27:00 5-12 1-3 2-2 +9 2 0 2 2 3 0 4 0 0 13
M. Dellavedova   23:38 4-5 2-3 0-0 +24 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 10
T. Mozgov   23:58 3-4 0-0 1-2 +18 3 6 9 1 3 0 2 2 1 7
I. Shumpert   28:54 9-19 3-6 2-2 +12 0 3 3 1 1 4 0 0 0 23
R. Jefferson   15:46 0-1 0-1 2-2 +5 0 0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 2
J. Cunningham   04:41 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
J. Jones   04:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Varejao DNP - Coach's Decision
M. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 43-81 13-27 26-29   10 33 43 23 19 8 11 5 2 125
  53.1% 48.1% 89.7%   team rebs: 4 total to: 12
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-25)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Prince F 21:48 0-5 0-1 0-0 -16 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0
K. Garnett F 07:29 1-2 0-0 0-0 +5 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
K. Towns C 35:20 11-14 0-0 0-0 -22 2 4 6 3 3 0 2 0 0 22
A. Wiggins G 39:29 12-19 3-7 8-12 -28 1 1 2 3 1 1 3 1 0 35
R. Rubio G 25:45 2-6 2-2 2-2 -12 1 3 4 6 4 2 0 0 0 8
N. Pekovic   15:27 1-4 0-0 0-0 -19 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 0 0 2
G. Dieng   21:09 1-3 0-0 0-0 -2 0 6 6 2 4 1 1 0 0 2
S. Muhammad   26:12 6-13 2-3 8-10 -10 2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 22
Z. LaVine   22:15 1-6 0-0 0-0 -14 0 4 4 2 2 0 2 0 2 2
K. Martin   13:21 0-4 0-1 2-2 -7 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 2
N. Bjelica   09:54 0-1 0-1 0-0 -6 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
A. Payne   01:51 1-2 0-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Miller DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 36-79 7-16 20-26   7 26 33 24 21 8 12 2 5 99
  45.6% 43.8% 76.9%   team rebs: 10 total to: 13

inactive

  • Cavaliers: Harris, Kaun
  • Timberwolves: Jones, Rudez

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: --
  • Timberwolves: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 1
  • Times Tied: 0

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #55 Bill Kennedy, #18 Matt Boland, #58 Josh Tiven
  • Attendance: 16768
  • Duration: 2:17
Cleveland Cavaliers (25-9) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-25)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Towns vs Thompson (Garnett gains possession)
  11:48
[MIN 2-0]
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Towns (1 AST) 
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  11:32  
  11:31 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:11
[MIN 5-0]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST) 
Irving Pullup Bank shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:48
[CLE 2-5]
 
  10:36
[MIN 7-2]
Towns Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
Smith Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:08
[CLE 4-7]
 
  09:55 Rubio Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:53  
Love Layup Shot: Missed  09:42  
  09:40 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:33 Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:31 Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:25 Prince Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:24 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:23
[MIN 9-4]
Towns Putback Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Irving Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  09:02
[CLE 6-9]
 
Irving Foul: Personal (1 PF) (B Kennedy)  08:49  
  08:40
[MIN 11-6]
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  08:27  
  08:27 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:17 Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:16  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Prince (1 ST)  08:12  
  08:07 Prince Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK) 
  08:06 Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:05
[MIN 13-6]
Wiggins Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:05  
  08:05 Garnett Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
Love Jump Shot: Missed  07:45  
Irving Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:44  
Irving Layup Shot: Missed  07:42  
Irving Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  07:41  
Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Wiggins (1 ST)  07:40  
  07:33 Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Irving (1 AST)  07:27
[CLE 9-13]
 
  07:09 Wiggins Foul: Offensive (1 PF) (B Kennedy) 
  07:09 Wiggins Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  06:51 Rubio Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Tiven) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  06:42
[CLE 12-13]
 
  06:28 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:28 Team Rebound 
Love Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (J Tiven)  06:28  
Smith Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Tiven)  06:24  
  06:10
[MIN 15-12]
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST) 
  05:56 Pekovic Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:56  
Team Rebound  05:56  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  05:56
[CLE 13-15]
 
  05:46
[MIN 17-13]
Towns Cutting Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST) 
  05:37 Pekovic Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS)  05:37
[CLE 14-17]
 
Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova  05:37  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:37
[CLE 15-17]
 
  05:18 Pekovic Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  05:11
[CLE 18-17]
 
  05:02 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:50 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:49  
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed  04:31  
Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:30  
Love 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Thompson (1 AST)  04:15
[CLE 21-17]
 
  03:58 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  03:57  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Prince (2 ST)  03:54  
  03:45 Pekovic Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:44  
Love Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS)  03:27
[CLE 23-17]
 
  03:27 Towns Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (J Tiven) 
  03:27 Pekovic Substitution replaced by Dieng 
Love Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS)  03:27
[CLE 24-17]
 
  03:10
[MIN 20-24]
Rubio 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Towns (2 AST) 
Smith Driving Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Love (1 AST)  03:06
[CLE 26-20]
 
  02:47
[MIN 22-26]
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  02:34  
  02:33 Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:27 Prince Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:26  
James Driving Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS)  02:22
[CLE 28-22]
 
Dellavedova Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  02:06  
  02:06
[MIN 23-28]
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  02:06 Prince Substitution replaced by Muhammad 
  02:06 Towns Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
  02:06
[MIN 24-28]
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  01:53 Dieng Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  01:53
[CLE 29-24]
 
  01:53 Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Mozgov  01:53  
Smith Substitution replaced by Shumpert  01:53  
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:53  
  01:53 Pekovic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:37
[MIN 26-29]
Muhammad Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pekovic (1 AST) 
Dellavedova Cutting Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST)  01:28
[CLE 31-26]
 
Shumpert Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland)  01:07  
  01:07 Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:07 Team Rebound 
Love Substitution replaced by Thompson  01:07  
  01:07
[MIN 27-31]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Shumpert Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:46.8
[CLE 33-27]
 
  00:35.9 LaVine Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:33.9  
Shumpert Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  00:25.4
[CLE 35-27]
 
  00:03.9 Muhammad Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (2 BLK) 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  00:02.6  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.2  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (25-9) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-25)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Irving 3pt Shot: Missed  11:46  
  11:44 Pekovic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:25 LaVine Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:24  
Shumpert Jump Shot: Missed  11:08  
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:07  
Shumpert Jump Bank Shot: Missed  11:00  
  10:59 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:54 Muhammad Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Shumpert (1 ST) 
  10:50 Dieng Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland) 
Shumpert Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  10:50
[CLE 36-27]
 
Shumpert Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  10:50
[CLE 37-27]
 
Jefferson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  10:37  
  10:37
[MIN 28-37]
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  10:37
[MIN 29-37]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Irving Floating Jump shot: Missed  10:25  
  10:24 Team Rebound 
  10:14 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:13  
  10:07 Martin Foul: Personal (1 PF) (B Kennedy) 
Irving Jump Shot: Missed  10:02  
  10:01 LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:53 Pekovic Substitution replaced by Towns 
  09:48
[MIN 31-37]
Towns Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST) 
  09:34 Martin Foul: Personal (2 PF) (M Boland) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  09:25  
  09:24 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:15 Martin Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:14  
Irving Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:05  
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  09:04  
  08:59 Towns Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven) 
  08:59  
Jefferson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  08:59
[CLE 38-31]
 
Jefferson Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  08:59
[CLE 39-31]
 
  08:42
[MIN 33-39]
Muhammad Cutting Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Dieng (1 AST) 
Mozgov Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Jefferson (1 AST)  08:19
[CLE 41-33]
 
Jefferson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland)  08:04  
  08:04 Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  08:04 Team Rebound 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Love  08:04  
  08:04
[MIN 34-41]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Love Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  07:50
[CLE 43-34]
 
Jefferson Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven)  07:37  
  07:37 Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:37 Team Rebound 
Jefferson Substitution replaced by James  07:37  
  07:37
[MIN 35-43]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  07:26  
  07:25 LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:16 Muhammad Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  07:15  
Shumpert Dunk Shot: Missed  06:58  
  06:57 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:50 Martin Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:49  
Mozgov Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Martin (1 ST)  06:47  
Mozgov Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  06:45  
  06:45
[MIN 36-43]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  06:45
[MIN 37-43]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  06:23  
  06:21 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:11 LaVine Pullup Bank shot: Missed 
  06:09 Muhammad Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:09 Muhammad Tip Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  06:08  
Shumpert Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST)  06:06
[CLE 45-37]
 
  05:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova  05:58  
Shumpert Substitution replaced by Smith  05:58  
  05:58 Martin Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  05:58 Muhammad Substitution replaced by Prince 
  05:58 LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio 
  05:51 Towns Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
Smith Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Love (2 AST)  05:46
[CLE 47-37]
 
  05:31
[MIN 39-47]
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (14 PTS) 
  05:13 Dieng Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  05:13
[CLE 48-39]
 
  05:13 Dieng Substitution replaced by Bjelica 
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  05:13
[CLE 49-39]
 
  04:53 Prince Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:52  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST)  04:39
[CLE 52-39]
 
Smith Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  04:21  
  04:21
[MIN 40-52]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  04:21
[MIN 41-52]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Love Hook Shot: Missed  04:01  
  04:00 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:52 Rubio Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  03:51  
Love Jump Shot: Missed  03:36  
  03:35 Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Mozgov Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven)  03:28  
  03:28
[MIN 42-52]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS) 
Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson  03:28  
  03:28 Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  03:27  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:10 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:52
[MIN 44-52]
Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Love (3 AST)  02:34
[CLE 55-44]
 
  02:17 Rubio Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  02:15  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Love (4 AST)  02:01
[CLE 58-44]
 
  01:52 Team Timeout : Short 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:52  
  01:52 Towns Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
  01:43 Pekovic Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  01:42  
  01:33 Bjelica Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  01:33
[CLE 59-44]
 
Smith Substitution replaced by Shumpert  01:33  
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  01:33
[CLE 60-44]
 
  01:18 Pekovic Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  01:17  
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bjelica (1 BLK)  00:55.9  
Thompson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  00:53.9  
Thompson Layup Shot: Missed  00:52.9  
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  00:50.9  
Shumpert Jump Shot: Missed  00:26.9  
  00:25.6 Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:15.5
[MIN 46-60]
Wiggins Driving Dunk Shot: Made (21 PTS) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  00:02.9
[CLE 62-46]
 
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (25-9) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-25)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Smith Dunk Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST)  11:49
[CLE 64-46]
 
  11:37 Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  11:36  
  11:29 Jump Ball Rubio vs Love (Irving gains possession) 
Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  11:17  
  11:09 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:10)  11:08  
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  10:45
[CLE 66-46]
 
Smith Foul: Personal (3 PF) (B Kennedy)  10:30  
  10:16 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:11)  10:15  
Love Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:02  
  10:01 Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Irving Foul: Personal (2 PF) (B Kennedy)  09:55  
  09:48
[MIN 48-66]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (2 AST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST)  09:29
[CLE 68-48]
 
  09:16
[MIN 50-68]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST) 
  08:57 Rubio Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS)  08:57
[CLE 69-50]
 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS)  08:57
[CLE 70-50]
 
  08:44
[MIN 52-70]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
  08:26 Rubio Foul: Personal (3 PF) (B Kennedy) 
  08:26 Garnett Substitution replaced by Dieng 
James Jump Shot: Missed  08:21  
  08:19 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  08:05
[MIN 54-70]
Towns Hook Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST) 
Smith Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  07:42  
Thompson Rebound (Off:4 Def:1)  07:41  
Thompson Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:40
[CLE 72-54]
 
Smith Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  07:26  
  07:26
[MIN 55-72]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (22 PTS) 
Smith Substitution replaced by Shumpert  07:26  
  07:26 Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:12)  07:24  
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  07:12
[CLE 74-55]
 
  06:49 Prince 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  06:48  
  06:45 Prince Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
  06:45 Team Timeout : Regular 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  06:45
[CLE 75-55]
 
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  06:45
[CLE 76-55]
 
  06:34
[MIN 58-76]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Thompson Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST)  06:20
[CLE 78-58]
 
  06:05 Dieng Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:04 Team Rebound 
  06:04 Prince Substitution replaced by Muhammad 
  05:56 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  05:55  
James Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Rubio (1 ST)  05:51  
  05:45
[MIN 60-78]
Muhammad Driving Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rubio (6 AST) 
Irving Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Rubio (2 ST)  05:38  
  05:33 Muhammad Layup Shot: Missed Block: Love (1 BLK) 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  05:31  
Irving Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:17
[CLE 80-60]
 
  04:59 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:4 Def:3)  04:58  
Irving Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (4 TO)  04:44  
Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova  04:44  
  04:44 Towns Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
  04:31
[MIN 63-80]
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Dieng (2 AST) 
Thompson Foul: Offensive (1 PF) (M Boland)  04:12  
Thompson Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  04:12  
  03:55
[MIN 66-80]
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Pekovic (2 AST) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  03:37  
  03:36 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
James Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (M Boland)  03:31  
  03:31 Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:31 Team Rebound 
  03:31
[MIN 67-80]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS) 
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:21
[CLE 83-67]
 
  03:01
[MIN 70-83]
Rubio 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:52  
James Substitution replaced by Jefferson  02:52  
  02:47 Dieng Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  02:47
[CLE 84-70]
 
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  02:47
[CLE 85-70]
 
Jefferson Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  02:39  
  02:39
[MIN 71-85]
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS) 
  02:39
[MIN 72-85]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS) 
  02:20 Rubio Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  02:20
[CLE 86-72]
 
  02:20 Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine 
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  02:20
[CLE 87-72]
 
  01:59
[MIN 74-87]
Dieng Cutting Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Muhammad (2 AST) 
Shumpert Jump Shot: Missed  01:43  
  01:41 LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:33 Pekovic Foul: Offensive (3 PF) (M Boland) 
  01:33 Pekovic Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Mozgov  01:33  
Love 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Mozgov (1 AST)  01:23
[CLE 90-74]
 
  01:03
[MIN 76-90]
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Pekovic (3 AST) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (1 AST)  00:49.1
[CLE 93-76]
 
  00:26.9 Dieng Jump Shot: Missed 
Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:24.9  
Mozgov Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wiggins (1 BLK)  00:05.1  
Team Rebound  00:04.1  
Dellavedova Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Jefferson (2 AST)  00:03.0
[CLE 95-76]
 
  00:00.2 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:40
[MIN 78-95]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST) 
Irving Floating Jump shot: Missed  11:15  
  11:14 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  11:03 Muhammad Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  11:02  
Irving Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (1 AST)  10:54
[CLE 97-78]
 
  10:37 Dieng Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO) 
Jefferson Substitution replaced by James  10:37  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  10:16  
Mozgov Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  10:14  
Mozgov Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Dieng (1 ST)  10:13  
  10:09
[MIN 80-97]
Towns Running Dunk Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: LaVine (2 AST) 
Shumpert Driving Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  09:44
[CLE 99-80]
 
Irving Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (J Tiven)  09:31  
  09:31
[MIN 81-99]
Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  09:31 Dieng Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  09:31
[MIN 82-99]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Irving (2 AST)  09:06
[CLE 102-82]
 
  08:39 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
  08:39  
  08:26 LaVine Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Irving Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  08:26
[CLE 103-82]
 
Irving Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  08:26
[CLE 104-82]
 
  08:17 Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Shumpert (2 ST) 
James Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (13 PTS)  08:01
[CLE 106-82]
 
  07:46 Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  07:44  
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS)  07:36
[CLE 109-82]
 
  07:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:27 LaVine Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Irving 3pt Shot: Missed  07:09  
  07:08 Team Rebound 
James Substitution replaced by Jefferson  07:08  
  06:54
[MIN 84-109]
LaVine Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Towns (3 AST) 
Shumpert Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS)  06:36
[CLE 111-84]
 
  06:15 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:14 Muhammad Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  06:12
[MIN 86-111]
Muhammad Putback Layup Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Shumpert Step Back Jump shot: Missed  05:45  
  05:44 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:35
[MIN 88-111]
Towns Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Martin (2 AST) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (2 AST)  05:13
[CLE 114-88]
 
  04:50 LaVine Layup Shot: Missed Block: Mozgov (1 BLK) 
  04:48 Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:42 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:41  
  04:41 Martin Substitution replaced by Bjelica 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:41  
Irving Substitution replaced by Cunningham  04:41  
Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Jones  04:41  
Cunningham Jump Shot: Missed  04:25  
  04:24 Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:22 Bjelica Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Shumpert (3 ST) 
Shumpert Jump Shot: Missed  04:16  
Mozgov Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  04:15  
Mozgov Tip Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  04:15
[CLE 116-88]
 
  03:59 LaVine Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Shumpert (4 ST) 
Jefferson Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  03:55  
  03:41
[MIN 90-116]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  03:22  
  03:21 LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  03:17 LaVine Running Jump Shot: Missed Block: Mozgov (2 BLK) 
  03:17 Team Rebound 
  03:05
[MIN 92-116]
Wiggins Pullup Jump shot: Made (30 PTS) 
  02:53 Towns Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Mozgov Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  02:53
[CLE 117-92]
 
Mozgov Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:53  
  02:53 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Mozgov Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy)  02:36  
  02:36
[MIN 93-117]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (31 PTS) 
  02:36
[MIN 94-117]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (32 PTS) 
Cunningham Running Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:19
[CLE 119-94]
 
  01:59 Bjelica 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:58 Towns Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  01:54 Towns Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Jefferson (1 ST) 
  01:51 LaVine Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (B Kennedy) 
Cunningham Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  01:51
[CLE 120-94]
 
  01:51 Towns Substitution replaced by Payne 
Cunningham Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  01:51
[CLE 121-94]
 
  01:37 Payne 3pt Shot: Missed 
Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:36  
Mozgov Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Jefferson (3 AST)  01:30
[CLE 123-94]
 
  01:20
[MIN 97-123]
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Made (35 PTS) 
Shumpert Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Jefferson (4 AST)  00:58.4
[CLE 125-97]
 
  00:49.9 Muhammad Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Cunningham Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:48.9  
Jefferson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:36.9  
  00:35.8 Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:24.7
[MIN 99-125]
Payne Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (3 AST) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:00.7  
End of 4th Quarter
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1st Central
57
25
6-4
33-8
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5th Northwest
29
53
5-5
14-27
15-26
 
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James 8.9
James 2.3
James 3.0
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