LeBron James Pulls Off Frankly Audacious Pass In Win Over Timberwolves

Feb 16, 2017, 01:14
LeBron James Pulls Off Frankly Audacious Pass In Win Over Timberwolves

43 - After trailing 30-26 after the first quarter, Cleveland scored 43 points (!) in the second quarter to give themselves 69 points and an 8-point lead at halftime. Tristan Thompson also contributed to the offense by adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Cavaliers needed his effort to hold off Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

If anything, this may cause management to hunt down that backup point guard that LeBron has been begging for just a little bit quicker than anticipated. That essentially sealed the win for the Cavaliers, who went on to close out their 38th victory of the season.

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It's Cleveland's second win over Minnesota in a two-week span. Wiggins scored the Timberwolves' last 10 points of the third, including eight in the final two minutes. Wiggins had 37 points through three quarters on 14-of-22 shooting but cooled off in the final quarter. He missed again from the same distance shortly thereafter, but was able to knock down a 19-footer to make it a three-point game with 3:46 on the clock.

In Love's absence, three Cleveland starters topped the 20-point mark. That's because LeBron James and the Cavaliers have LeBron James still in the mix.

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However, when one door closes, another one opens, so Cleveland has a chance to emerge from this hard time as a better team. He hit a 3-pointer and beat the buzzer on a long 2 to tie it at 93 going into the fourth.

NOTES: Timberwolves G Zach LaVine had successful surgery Tuesday to fix his torn ACL in his left knee. Love is now averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds per game on 42.9 percent shooting, including 38.4 percent from 3, his highest average in a single season since his 2010-11 season in Minnesota. LeBron can chase down a fast breaking player for a block. The Timberwolves return to action February 24 against Dallas. Cleveland hosts Indianapolis on Wednesday before the Cavaliers enter the All-Star Break.

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When Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love was ruled out for six weeks after his undergoing knee surgery, inquiring minds wanted to know if the team would forget about clinging to the No. 1 overall seed in the East and start resting LeBron James, who's now second in the National Basketball Association with 37.6 minutes per game, in advance of the playoffs.

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