Cleveland, OH - The Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their first loss of the season this evening by defeating them 93-92 in a very exciting game. Minnesota tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 31-17 in the period, but they were unable to claw their way all the way back. Both teams played extremely good basketball, but Cleveland was able to make the winning plays that were needed down the stretch.
Kevin Martin led the way for the Minnesota Timberwolves in scoring with 23 points on 7-16 shooting, including 5-8 from behind the three-point arc. He has been a major piece for Minnesota so far in his first season with the team, and is proving the Wolves right for signing him to a contract this past offseason. Kevin Love put together another double-double this evening with 17 points and 13 rebounds and continues his dominating performances. Corey Brewer and Derrick Williams were the only other two double digit scorers for the T-Wolves on the night with 13 points each.
The Cavaliers were led in scoring by C.J. Miles who came off the bench to score 19 points on 8-13 shooting. He has proven to be a great scorer for them and especially being able to do it off the bench has been big for Cleveland. Kyrie Irving played yet another sub-par game for Cleveland, scoring just 15 points on 7-15 shooting, but he did grab eight rebounds and dish out six assists. If the Cavaliers hope to make a postseason run, they are going to need Irving to step up with much bigger numbers. Anderson Varejao (12), Tristan Thompson (12), and Andrew Bynum (10) were the other three double figure scorers for the Cavaliers. Thompson also grabbed 11 rebounds in the win to finish up a double-double.
Both of these teams are going to be competing hard down the stretch for playoff spots in their respective conferences and they certainly left everything on the floor tonight. Minnesota will host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, while the Cavaliers will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night as well.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.