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Monday, November 4th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The addition of Kevin Martin has paid off tremendously through three games for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Martin and the Timberwolves look to start 4-0 when they invade Cleveland Monday to battle the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The T'Wolves secured their veteran guard via a sign-and-trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Martin is averaging 20.7 points per game.

In Sunday's 109-100 victory against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Martin scored 30 points and made all five of his 3-pointers, which was one short of the team mark for 3-pointers without a miss. Chuck Person made all six of his 3-pointers back on Feb. 10, 1993.

Kevin Love, the star of the Minnesota show, poured in 34 points and 15 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic finished with 11 points and 12 boards. The Wolves had a lopsided 40-19 lead after 12 minutes, then made it 76-53 on a Brewer basket with 7:38 to go.

New York trimmed it to 100-98 on 3-pointers by Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert, but Martin and Love propelled the Wolves to victory.

The Timberwolves are 3-0 for only the second time in franchise history and went 6-0 to start the 2001-02 campaign.

"It's only three games. We're happy where we're at. But we know we still have to take a couple more steps to be that team that we know we can be once April comes," Martin said.

Meanwhile, Cleveland started off the new season with a bang by upending the revamped Brooklyn Nets, but have since lost consecutive games to the Charlotte Bobcats and Indiana Pacers.

The Cavs dropped an 89-74 decision to the unbeaten Pacers on Saturday, as Dion Waiters scored a team-best 17 points, Kyrie Irving posted 15 and Anderson Varejao ended with 14 points. The Cavs shot just 34.9 percent from the field and were a dreadful 3-of-15 from 3-point territory.

Cleveland pulled within 62-55 at one point and the Pacers responded with a 17-6 run for a 79-61 cushion.

Cavs head coach Mike Brown was still satisfied with the effort.

"As crazy as this sounds, I thought tonight was our best offensive night, from the standpoint that the ball moved and bodies moved," Brown said.

Cleveland is back home, where it topped the Nets on opening night, and lost both meetings with Minnesota last season. The Timberwolves have won four of the past five in this series.

These two teams have split the previous 10 games at the Q.

11/04 10:38:50 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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
7:05pm Tonight
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DUR
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
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SFG 1
LOS 2
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SDP 1
COL 3
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PIT 11
MIL 2
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WAS 0
STL 8
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TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
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HOU 1
KAN 5
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CHC
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
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MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
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STL
 
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CLE
TOR
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
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NYM
ATL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
MIN
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
PHI
 
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OAK
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
 
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SDP
SFG
 
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
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STL 4
CHI 3
Final
COL 5
MIN 4
Final
SJS 6
LOS 3
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TAM
MON
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BOS
DET
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ANA
DAL
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DUR 3
NOR 2
 
7:05pm Tonight
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