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               === T-Wolves' balanced scoring bests Cavaliers ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH  (Sports Network) -  Luke Ridnour  led six Minnesota players in
 double figures with a game-high 21 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 100-92
 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
 
 Nikola  Pekovic added 16  points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio dropped in 13
 points,  dished  out 10 assists and  had five steals for the Timberwolves, who
 had dropped 10 of their previous 11 games entering the contest.
 
 Derrick  Williams added  13 points,  while Alexey  Shved and  Mickael Gelabale
 finished with 11 points apiece in the triumph.
 
 Kyrie   Irving  scored  20  points  to  go  with  seven  assists  and  Tristan
 Thompson  scored  16 points and grabbed  nine rebounds for the Cavs, losers in
 two straight.
 
 Dion  Waiters  scored 12 points, Alonzo  Gee netted 11 and Wayne Ellington and
 Marreese Speights finished with 10 points apiece in the setback.
 
 C.J.  Miles  canned a 3-pointer  with just under nine  minutes left to tie the
 game at 76-76, but the Wolves used a 16-7 surge to take a 92-83 lead with 3:55
 remaining.
 
 Cleveland  scored  the next six points  to make it  92-89 with 1:56 to go, but
 Ridnour  drained a trey before Rubio knocked down a 16-foot jumper to push the
 spread back to eight points at 97-89 with 1 1/2 minutes showing.
 
 A  pair of Thompson free throws made it 97-91, but the Wolves held the Cavs to
 just one point over the final minute of the game to seal the win.
 
 "In the second half we were really good and finished the game. We made some
 big shots and had some good defensive possessions. It was a good win," Wolves
 head coach Rick Adelman said.
 
 Thompson  paced the Cavs  to a 27-25 lead after the first quarter, tallying 10
 points  in the frame.  The Cavs shot 55 percent (11-for-20) from the floor and
 scored 11 points off of six Minnesota turnovers.
 
 The Wolves, though, outscored Cleveland, 24-19, in the second period to take a
 49-46 lead into the break.
 
 "We weren't terrible in the first half," Thompson said. "In the second half,
 of course they gained confidence, everybody was hot, that made a big
 difference."
 
 Irving's  layup at the  4:21 mark in the third gave the Cavs a 61-60 lead, but
 Minnesota  closed  the quarter  on a  12-4 run to  take a  72-65 lead into the
 fourth quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Wolves went  8-for-14  (57.1 percent)  from 3-point  range  ... The  Cavs
 outscored  the  Wolves, 48-34,  in the  paint ... Cleveland,  which gave up 18
 points  on  20 turnovers, scored  34 points off  of 22 Minnesota giveaways ...
 Irving  left the game after he injured his ankle in the closing seconds of the
 first  half. Irving landed on Shved's foot following a jumper, but returned in
 the second half.
 
 
 02/11 23:51:16 ET