Wolves Get Much-Needed 100-92 Win Over Cavs
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As difficult as the last six weeks have been for the Timberwolves, sometimes it only takes one night of sound basketball to turn things around. We’re at a point where it’s too early to tell if that will be the case after Monday’s 100-92 road win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but at the very least the performance ended a long-standing road losing streak and put Minnesota in position to possibly win two straight heading into the All-Star Break.
The Wolves ended their eight-game road losing streak on Monday, a stretch that dates all the way back to Jan. 3 in Denver. That’s the game Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, and in the time since Minnesota has used four different starting lineups that included nine different players.
This team has endured a lot this season, but they’ve remained committed to one another in the sense that most nights they are finding ways to have a chance to win in the fourth—the problem is they’re trying to climb out of big holes or they don’t have an answer for an opposing team’s hot hand down the stretch.
So being able to beat a Cleveland team on the road that had won six of nine coming into the night was a big boost for this Wolves club.
“It’s always tough. We’re competitors and we want to win games. Losing, as much as you don’t want to say it, takes a toll on you,” guard Luke Ridnour said. “We’ve been in a lot of these games but just haven’t been able to win them (so) this is good one for us to finally win.”
The Timberwolves are now tasked with trying to win their first back-to-back games since winning four straight from Dec. 7-15 when they host Utah on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star Break. Recent history is on their side. A year ago the Wolves pulled out a memorable 100-98 win over the Jazz in this same situation—final game before the All-Star Break at Target Center—as Ridnour hit a tear-drop buzzer beater over Al Jefferson to the delight of an electric Target Center crowd.
Last night’s win certainly can provide a little energy for this Wolves team as they try to repeat history on Wednesday night.
“We needed that,” guard Ricky Rubio said. “We’ve been fighting a lot at home and on the road. We were fighting (in all) the games. We needed a win like that.”
Here are a few numbers to keep in mind from last night’s win as we get set for this final game before the break:
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