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Cavs maul Timberwolves, 125-97

The Cavs returned to Quicken Loans Arena and rolled the Timberwolves, 125-97 as Cleveland had a season-best 37 assists

CLEVELAND--After a rough January, the Cavaliers started strong in February with a 125-97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena in front of a sell out crowd. The Cavs improved to 33-15, while the Timberwolves dropped to 19-30.

The Cavs were just 7-8 in January, but got their first win in their first game in February without Kevin Love (back). The Cavs had big games from several players including  27 points from LeBron James. Channing Frye started in place of Love and responded with 18 points and Tristan Thompson scored 18 points, as well. Kyle Korver came off the bench and had his best game of since joining the Cavaliers with 20 points, hitting on four-of-seven three-point shots. 

As a team, the Cavs had a season high of 37 assists with Kyrie Irving setting a career-record with 14 assists, followed by 12 from James. Irving scored 14 points to round out the Cavs in double figures. 

Former Cavs No. 1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, while Karl Anthony-Towns led the Timberwolves in scoring with 26 points. 

Tip Ins

For Starters: Channing Frye started in place of Kevin Love and responded with 18 points on 3-of-9 three-point shooting. Frye had four rebounds and an assist.

No Love: Kevin Love sat out due to back spasms, but took some shots after practice on Wednesday. Tyronn Lue said that Love might play Saturday when the Cavs take on the Knicks. 

Double-Doubles: The Cavs had three players with double-doubles as Kyrie Irving had 14 points and 14 assists, LeBron James had 27 points with 12 assists and Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds. James finished with eight rebounds, just two shy of a triple-double. James was 11-of-14 from the field. 

Shoot it Kyle: Kyle Korver had his best game since joining the Cavaliers with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and four-of-seven from behind the three-point line. 

Three-Ball: The Cavs hit 15-of-37 for 40.5 percent from three-point range. Kyle Korver  was 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) with Channing Frye (3-of-9) and Iman Shumpert (3-of-7). 

Board Work: The Cavs had 56 rebounds led by Tristan Thompson with 14 rebounds, followed by eight from LeBron James and seven from Iman Shumpert. 

Dishing It Out: The Cavs had their best game of the season in assists with 37. They were led by Kyrie Irving's 14 and LeBron James' 12. They had just 10 turnovers.

Rookie Kay: Rookie Kay Felder had his best half as a Cavaliers scoring nine points in the second half. Elder had three assists, as well.

Next Up: The Cavs will play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Saturday at 8:30 pm.


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