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NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Minnesota



(Wednesday, November 13th)

Final Score: Minnesota 124, Cleveland 95

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - What a difference a week makes.

Kevin Love missed a potential game-winner in Minnesota's first meeting with Cleveland, but by the time the final buzzer sounded in Wednesday's rematch, the All-Star forward was on the bench soaking in a blowout victory.

Love scored 33 points on 10-of-16 shooting, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out six assists over three quarters as the Timberwolves annihilated the Cavaliers, 124-95, at Target Center.

All five Minnesota starters scored in double figures and were spectators in the final quarter after building an insurmountable lead. Ricky Rubio recorded a career-high 16 assists to go with 16 points and Corey Brewer put up 27 points in the rout.

The Timberwolves made a staggering 65 percent of their shots over the first three quarters and assisted on 29 of their 40 made baskets in that span.

Cleveland did not have an answer for the up-tempo style and fell for the fourth time in its last five games. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 20 points.

The game's pace immediately following the opening tip was dictated by Rubio.

In a four-possession span late in the opening quarter, he fed a cross-court pass in transition to Brewer for a 3-pointer, threaded the defense with two straight bounce passes to Love for easy layups and found Robbie Hummel in the corner for another triple and a 32-17 Minnesota lead.

"We wanted to keep him pushing the ball," Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman said of his point guard. "It always helps when you're making shots, and tonight we were making shots."

The Spanish playmaker showed he can score as well, converting a three-point play and hitting one from behind the arc on back-to-back trips to finish off a 10-point, eight-assist frame that saw the Timberwolves jump out to a 38-24 lead.

Brewer's heads-up steal and uncontested layup off a Minnesota made basket midway through the second highlighted another one-sided quarter that ended with the hosts taking a substantial 70-47 advantage into the break.

The lopsided first half saw Minnesota shoot 63 percent from the field, score 22 more points in the paint (34-12) and net 22 fastbreak points.

The Cavs did not record a single point in transition before the break and apparently failed to make adjustments in the locker room. Minnesota shot an even better 68 percent from the field in the third frame, as Love led the way with 14 points, and the hosts cruised to its third win in four games.

"They beat us in transition; they beat us in the half court. They cut harder, they played harder, they were more physical," summarized Cavs head coach Mike Brown. "Give them credit for winning the game."

Cleveland fell to 0-6 on the road this season.

Game Notes

Minnesota led by as many as 39 ... The Timberwolves had success offensively despite guard Kevin Martin sitting out with flu-like symptoms. Martin is averaging 24.6 points per game this season ... The last time the Timberwolves started a season 6-3 came in the 2004-05 campaign ... The Cavs defeated the Timberwolves, 93-92, on Nov. 4 ... Cleveland center Andrew Bynum did not travel with the team because he was tending to a family medical emergency.

11/14 00:30:58 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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