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                  === Irving, Cavs welcome Wolves to the Q ===
 
 (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers, especially All-Star guard Kyrie
 Irving, have vastly improved over the past two weeks and are enjoying the
 recent comforts of Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 The Cavaliers, though coming off a losing effort this weekend to Denver, will
 resume a seven-game homestand Monday versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. The
 Cavs had won three in a row and six of eight games before dropping a 111-103
 decision to the Nuggets on Saturday.
 
 "We ran into a team playing very good basketball," Cleveland coach Byron Scott
 said. "I'm not disappointed in our effort. Tonight, they were a better team."
 
 Irving, who entered the night averaging 25.5 ppg with eight 30-point efforts
 since Jan. 4, paced Cleveland with 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
 Irving is currently sixth in the NBA with 24.0 ppg.
 
 Alonzo Gee scored 20 points and Wayne Ellington added 13 off the bench for the
 Cavaliers, who were outscored in the paint, 62-32, but scored 24 points off 20
 Denver turnovers.
 
 The Cavaliers still have San Antonio and New Orleans scheduled to pay a visit.
 
 Minnesota will limp into the Forest City losers in four straight and 15 of its
 last 17 games.
 
 The Timberwolves dropped their eighth in a row on the road Sunday in a 105-88
 setback against the Memphis Grizzlies. Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour recorded
 17 points apiece in the loss as the Wolves fell to 6-18 on the road.
 
 "We like to play in the fast break, but the Grizzlies get back on the defense
 pretty good and that is why they are a good team," Rubio admitted. "They are a
 hard team to beat. They didn't let us get any easy baskets."
 
 Minnesota shot well from the floor, making 49.3 percent of its shots, but
 finished only 4-of-16 from 3-point range. Twenty turnovers for 26 Memphis
 points didn't help the cause much either. Memphis' largest lead was 62-41 with
 7:41 to play in the third quarter.
 
 Still toiling without star forward Kevin Love because of a surgically-repaired
 broken hand, the Timberwolves don't have forward Andrei Kirilenko as well due
 to a strained right quadriceps. He has missed the last three games and is not
 with the team.
 
 Love still leads the team with 18.3 ppg.
 
 Guard J.J. Barea (foot) missed Sunday's game and is questionable Monday night.
 
 The Timberwolves are 0-11 when scoring less than 90 points and 9-27 when
 allowing that many. They posted a 91-73 victory at home versus the Cavs back
 on Dec. 7 this season and have won three of the past four matchups.
 
 02/11 10:37:29 ET

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