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                       === Cavs hold off Timberwolves ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Miles scored 19 points off the bench
 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a furious late charge from the Minnesota
 Timberwolves to hold on for a 93-92 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 Miles  went 8-of-13 from  the field to help the Cavaliers bounce back from two
 straight  road losses  after a season-opening win at home over Brooklyn, while
 dealing the Timberwolves their first defeat following a 3-0 start.
 
 Minnesota  didn't go  down easy,  however, trimming  a 23-point  third-quarter
 deficit  down  to one  on Kevin  Love's inside bucket  with 38.9 seconds left.
 The  Timberwolves had a chance to complete the comeback when Cleveland's Kyrie
 Irving  misfired on  the ensuing possession, but Love's 3-point try just prior
 to the buzzer fell off the mark.
 
 "We  took  our time to make  our run, but we  gave ourselves a chance to win,"
 said Love afterward.
 
 Irving  finished with  15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, with Tristan
 Thompson recording a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs.
 
 Minnesota  shot just 5-of-28 from beyond the arc, with Kevin Martin accounting
 for  all  five makes  en route to  a 23-point effort.  Love, named the Western
 Conference  Player  of the Week  earlier in the day,  totaled 17 points and 13
 rebounds.
 
 The  Timberwolves roared  out to  a  21-point first-quarter  lead in  Sunday's
 109-100  triumph over the  New York Knicks, but fell behind early in this one.
 Cleveland  shot 62 percent in the opening period and closed out the frame with
 a  14-6  spurt to  build a  31-23 lead, then  dominated most  of the second to
 extend the margin.
 
 Miles,  who put up 12 second-quarter points on 5-of-6 shooting, came up with a
 steal  and  dunk to ignite  an 8-2  run that staked  the Cavs to a comfortable
 47-31  advantage midway through the session. Cleveland was up by as many as 19
 points before cruising into the break owning a 55-38 cushion.
 
 "Getting  wide-open looks,  I fell  like  I'm supposed  to knock  down all  of
 those,"  said  Miles. "And then  you get a couple  of easy ones and everything
 else feels like a rhythm after that."
 
 Minnesota  hit on  a miserable 29.3 percent  of its field goal attempts in the
 first  half  while committing 11  turnovers that  were turned into 11 Cavalier
 points.
 
 "I  think we did a good job of just playing with energy, running the floor and
 defending," said Miles. "That's what we want to be, a good defensive team."
 
 The  Cavaliers continued  to  pour  it on  after  the  intermission, with  the
 differential  swelling  to 23 points after  Alonso Gee buried a triple to make
 the  score  72-49 with 5:11  remaining in the  third quarter. Cleveland took a
 76-61  lead into  the fourth,  and held  a 16-point  edge at  91-75 with  five
 minutes to go.
 
 Cleveland  made  just  one  basket  the  rest  of  the  way,  though,  as  the
 Timberwolves  climbed  back in it.  J.J. Barea's  driving layup with 2:34 left
 pulled  Minnesota within 93-86, and Love found Derrick Williams cutting to the
 hoop after a Thompson miss to bring his team closer.
 
 Corey  Brewer's layup  in transition with 1:16 remaining made it a three-point
 spread,  and Love  scored inside following Irving's unsuccessful runner to cut
 the  lead to  93-92. Irving's step-back jumper then clanged off the iron, with
 Martin  grabbing the rebound and the T-Wolves calling time out with 11 seconds
 on the clock.
 
 Minnesota  worked the ball to Love for an open look from 25 feet away, but the
 shot bounced off the rim as time ran out.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cavs  center  Andrew Bynum, back from  a knee injury  that kept him out all of
 2012-13  with Philadelphia,  had 10 points in a season-high 19 minutes ... The
 Timberwolves  had  not  trailed  after  one quarter  in  any  of  their  three
 previous  wins  ...  Love  averaged  29.7  points  and  14.7  rebounds  during
 Minnesota's  3-0 start  to earn Player of the Week honors ... Cleveland rookie
 Anthony  Bennett,  the No. 1  overall pick in  this year's draft, went 0-for-3
 from  the field  and has yet to make  a field goal in 15 attempts to start his
 career  ...  The Cavaliers  turned it  over 24 times,  leading to 26 Minnesota
 points.
 
 
 
 
 11/04 22:46:36 ET

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