NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Cleveland
(Saturday, November 26th)
Final Score: Minnesota 89, Cleveland 85
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 89-85, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Troy Hudson added 18 points, all coming in the second half, while Wally Szczerbiak tallied 16 points for Minnesota, which has won two straight and four of its last five games.
LeBron James torched the Timberwolves for 38 points, but received little help from his teammates in the loss. The Cavaliers shot a season-low 32 percent from the floor. Cleveland's three main free-agent acquisitions -- Larry Hughes, Damon Jones and Donyell Marshall -- were a combined 3-of-31 for 13 points.
"We shot 32 percent from the field. We missed shot after shot after shot. Wide open shots," said James. "There will be nights like that. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win at the end, but when you shoot 32 percent against a good caliber team like that, most nights you are not going to win."
Drew Gooden scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards and Hughes added 12 points for the Cavaliers, who have lost two straight after reeling off eight consecutive victories.
A tight game throughout came down to a clutch shot from Minnesota's franchise player.
Minnesota took its first lead since the 8:11 mark of the second quarter when Mark Madsen took an Eddie Griffin air ball out of mid-air and stuck it back in with 7:32 to go. The Timberwolves extended the lead to four, before a Eric Snow jumper from the right baseline and a Hughes' trey from the right wing gave the Cavs the 75-74 lead with 6:12 remaining.
The teams went back-and-forth throughout the final period, with Gooden's follow-up slam cutting Minnesota's lead to 82-80 with 1:54 left. After a Garnett miss, James used a crossover dribble to slice into the lane and finished strong to tie the game with 1:22 to go.
Garnett answered James, using his size to elevate and connect on a 20-foot jumper to put the Timberwolves in front 84-82 with 56 seconds remaining.
"The play was drawn up and I was just trying to be patient and get some loft on it," Garnett said. "A lot of my shots to that point were kind of flat and I was trying to get some loft. It was a decent shot."
On Cleveland's next possession, the Cavs didn't go to James or Hughes, but rather Marshall, who attempted a mid-range jumper from the right baseline that hit the back rim.
The Timberwolves milked the clock on the other end, and Marko Jaric buried an 18-foot jumper from the right baseline to extend the advantage to 86-82.
After Jones missed a three-pointer, Hudson made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. A James three-point heave from the top of the circle cut the lead to two, but Hudson drained two free throws to seal the victory.
A cold shooting opening period saw the Timberwolves hold a 17-16 advantage. James had 10 of Cleveland's 16 points.
Cleveland took a 42-37 lead into the locker room, as its two scoring stars were having very different games. Hughes struggled, shooting 1-of-9 from the floor in the opening 24 minutes, while James carried the Cavs, scoring 19 of the team's first-half points.
Garnett scored 12 points and Szczerbiak chipped in 10 for the Timberwolves, who committed 11 turnovers.
James continued to carry his team in the third quarter, scoring 11 points, as the Cavs held a 69-65 lead with 12 minutes to go.
Minnesota has won six of the last seven meetings in the series...The loss was the first home defeat for the Cavs. In turn, Minnesota picked up its first road win...After a James slam with 7:36 left in the third quarter, the Cavs did not score another point in the paint...Griffin tallied seven points and grabbed 12 boards in the victory.
11/27 00:42:39 ET