T-Wolves’ balanced scoring bests Cavaliers

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Updated: February 11, 2013

Luke Ridnour led six Minnesota players in
double figures with a game-high 21 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 100-92
win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio dropped in 13
points, dished out 10 assists and had five steals for the Timberwolves, who
had dropped 10 of their previous 11 games entering the contest.

Derrick Williams added 13 points, while Alexey Shved and Mickael Gelabale
finished with 11 points apiece in the triumph.

Kyrie Irving scored 20 points to go with seven assists and Tristan
Thompson scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cavs, losers in
two straight.

Dion Waiters scored 12 points, Alonzo Gee netted 11 and Wayne Ellington and
Marreese Speights finished with 10 points apiece in the setback.

C.J. Miles canned a 3-pointer with just under nine minutes left to tie the
game at 76-76, but the Wolves used a 16-7 surge to take a 92-83 lead with 3:55
remaining.

Cleveland scored the next six points to make it 92-89 with 1:56 to go, but
Ridnour drained a trey before Rubio knocked down a 16-foot jumper to push the
spread back to eight points at 97-89 with 1 1/2 minutes showing.

A pair of Thompson free throws made it 97-91, but the Wolves held the Cavs to
just one point over the final minute of the game to seal the win.

Thompson paced the Cavs to a 27-25 lead after the first quarter, tallying 10
points in the frame. The Cavs shot 55 percent (11-for-20) from the floor and
scored 11 points off of six Minnesota turnovers.

The Wolves, though, outscored Cleveland, 24-19, in the second period to take a
49-46 lead into the break.

Irving’s layup at the 4:21 mark in the third gave the Cavs a 61-60 lead, but
Minnesota closed the quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 72-65 lead into the
fourth quarter.

Game Notes

The Wolves went 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range … The Cavs
outscored the Wolves, 48-34, in the paint … Cleveland, which gave up 18
points on 20 turnovers, scored 34 points off of 22 Minnesota giveaways …
Irving left the game after he injured his ankle in the closing seconds of the
first half. Irving landed on Shved’s foot following a jumper, but returned in
the second half.