NBA Daily Round Up: Cleveland Cavaliers Stunned By The Young Minnesota Timberwolves
Cleveland Cavaliers 99-127 Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Butler added 21 points and the Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns also had 19 points, 12 rebounds and Taj Gibson finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds who outrebounded the Cavs 56-37, their largest advantage of the season. The Wolves had a 60-42 edge in points in the paint, and every starter but Towns took the whole fourth quarter off.
With their 116-98 win over New Orleans on Saturday, the Wolves have enjoyed a ferocious start to this five-game homestand.
Jeff Green led the Cavs with 22 points off the bench, Kyle Korver added 19 points, 4 times beyond the arc and passed Paul Pierce for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time list in 3-pointers made with 2,147. Ray Allen (2,973), Reggie Miller (2,560) and Jason Terry (2,244) are ahead of him.
Kevin Love , J.R.Smith and Isaiah Thomas were a combined 0 for 18 from the field in the first half.
James had just 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, taking his first loss at Minnesota in 13 games since Feb. 17, 2005. He posted a career-worst minus-39 rating.
Cavaliers: Play at Toronto on Thursday, the fourth stop on a five-game trip.
Timberwolves: Face Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Atlanta Hawks 107-108 Los Angeles Clippers
Williams hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with nine seconds left to lift Los Angeles over the Atlanta Hawks 108-107 on Monday night.
Lou Williams led the Clippers with 34 points, DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 18 rebounds as Los Angeles won despite blowing a 13-point lead in the third quarter.
Prince scored 20 points, Dennis Schroder added 18 and Kent Bazemore and Ersan Ilyasova had 13 apiece for Atlanta, which lost its fourth straight.
Hawks: At the Nugget on Wednesday night.
Clippers will take on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
Detroit Piston 109-112 New Orleans Pelicans
Cousins scored 16 of his 20 points lifting New Orleans to a 112-109 victory over the Detroit Piston on Monday night.
Rajon Rondo added 12-point, 15-assist performance with two transition layups in the last 1:21 to help secure a victory the Pelicans needed to restore morale after a listless blowout loss in Minnesota over the weekend.
Davis dominated before he left with 4:41 remaining in the third, scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 27 minutes while Jrue Holiday scored 14 points and E’Twaun Moore finished with 23 points.
Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Bradley had 24 for the Pistons, Andre Drummond who missed two of Detroit’s previous three games, had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Pistons: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
Pelicans: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.
Houston Rockets 116-107 Chicago Bulls
Eric Gordon and Chris Paul both had 24 points and nine assists, Gerald Green scored 22 and the Houston Rockets beat the Chicago Bulls 116-107 on Monday night despite blowing a 21-point lead.
Trevor Ariza added 18 points and 9 rebounds while Clint Capela added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Houston won for the second time in four games without Harden.
Bobby Portis led the Bulls with 22 points, Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn both added 19, but Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games.
Rockets: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Bulls: Visit the New York Knicks on Wednesday
Domantas Sabonis finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Indiana seized control early by forcing 13 turnovers in the first 17 minutes, built a 29-point lead and never allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to make a serious run over the final 42 minutes of a 109-96 victory. Curry scored 32 points and dished out nine assists in another superb performance during his sensational recent stretch, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Nuggets 124-114 on Monday night to avenge an ugly home loss to Denver in late December. DeRozan scored 35 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 26.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Raptors shook off a late injury to Kyle Lowry to beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-113 on Monday night.Aldridge had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Bertans scored a career-high 28 and the Spurs came back from 13 down in the second half to beat the Kings 107-100 on Monday night.