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Cavs take down Timberwolves

The Cavaliers took on the Timberwolves minus Kevin Love, who had surgery on his knee Tuesday morning and won 116-108

It wasn't exactly the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, but the Cavaliers came up big in the fourth quarter on their way to a 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. The win improved the Cavs record to an Eastern Conference best 38-16. Meanwhile, Minnesota dropped to 21-35. 

The teams were tied at 93-93 after three quarters before the Cavs broke the game open late in the fourth quarter. Leading 109-106, LeBron James hit a three-point shot and Derrick Williams followed with a lay up to give the Cavs an eight-point lead at 114-106 with 1:39 to play.

The Cavs played their first game since Kevin Love underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss about six weeks. Channing Frye started in place of Love and responded with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Frye also hit four three-point shots. James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points to lead the Cavs scoring. Tristan Thompson scored 14 points and Williams added 11 to round out the Cavs scoring in double figures.

Former Cav Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with 41 points. 

Tip Ins

Shump's Back: Despite losing Kevin Love (knee), the Cavs received some good news as Iman Shumpert returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. Shumpert scored nine points and was 3-of-8 from behind the three-point line. 

Doubling Up: The Cavs had three players with double-doubles. LeBron James had 25 points and 14 assists. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Channing Frye had 21 points with 10 rebounds. James finished with eight rebounds, just two shy of a triple-double. 

D Williams Continues Strong Play: Derrick Williams is making a strong case to stay beyond his 10 day contract. Williams scored in double figures with 11 points and had five rebounds. 

Passing it Around: The Cavs had 27 assists, while turning the ball over just 10 times. LeBron James had 14 assists, while Kyrie Irving had seven.

Three Ball: The Cavs hit 33 percent from behind the arc hitting 13-of-39. Channing Frye hit four 3's, while Iman Shumpert added three.

No Love: Kevin Love had arthroscopic surgery earlier Tuesday and missed his first game as the Cavs took on the Timberwolves.

Channing Starts: Channing Frye started in place of Love and responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Frye was 4-of-11 from behind the three-point line. 

Next Up: The Cavs will return home to play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night at 7 pm.


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