Cavaliers Rally Falls Short, Lose to Timberwolves 118-103

CLEVELAND, OH -- Entering the fourth quarter the Minnesota Timberwolves were sitting on a comfortable lead, before newly-acquired guard Dante Exum brought the Cavaliers back into the game. The Cavaliers were looking at a 25-point deficit in the fourth, before ripping off an incredible 30-4 run to take a one point lead. Once giving up the lead, Minnesota head coach Ryan Saunders called a timeout to calm his young roster down. The Timberwolves answered with a run of their own, holding the Cavs to 0 points in the following 5 minutes, outscoring Cleveland 13-0. The Cavaliers had nothing left in the tank following a 13-point Minnesota run, as the Timberwolves cruised to a 118-103 victory over the Cavaliers.

Dante Exum had his best game since joining the Cavaliers in late december, passing his previous career high of 22 points with a 28 point game. Exum was the key factor in the Cavaliers big fourth quarter run, knocking down shot after shot, and finishing the game making 11-13 shots from the field. Cleveland's big man Ante Zizic was given more minutes than usual and made a huge impact. Zizic recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie guard Kevin Porter Jr appeared to injure his left knee in the first half, and was unable to return to the game.

Sharpshooting big-man Gorgui Dieng hit back-to-back threes to put the Cavaliers away, en route to 22 points and 13 boards. Shabazz Napier, who only scored 9 points last time he faced the Cavs, was on fire scoring 21 points on 8-10 shooting.

Following Sunday's loss the Cavaliers move to 10-26 on the season. Cleveland will host the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday in the final game of their four-game homestand. Tip-off on Tuesday evening is set for 7:00 pm ET at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out highlights from today's game below!

 
 
 
 

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