It didn't go down as smoothly as possible, but Tyronn Lue has his first career win as an NBA coach as the Cavs beat the Timberwolves 114-107 on Tuesday.
Partially sparked by a bench-heavy unit, the Cavs went on a 16-5 to end the third quarter and take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Minnesota, though, came back quickly to start the fourth and cut Cleveland's lead back down to four before the Cavs got the lead back up to as many as 15.
The Wolves again then got back in the game as the Cavs slipped up a bit and the Wolves got close again. By the halfway point of the fourth quarter, the Wolves cut the lead to three. The Cavs, however, then, went on a 10-0 run to extend the lead back to 13 before the Wolves then responded by going on a 15-4 run to cut Cleveland's lead to three with 16.5 seconds left.
At this point, the Cavs called a timeout. Out of the timeout, LeBron James caught the inbounds boss and was immediately fouled. James, who missed his only prior free throw attempt, made both attempts to clinch Lue's first win.
James led the Cavs with 25 points on an 11-15 shooting to go along with nine assists and four rebounds. Kevin Love scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds in 36 minutes against his former team, while Kyrie Irving added 17 points of his own. Irving, though, missed a couple of layups right at the rim and sat out most of the stretch run as the Cavs pulled away late.
Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns led all scorers with 26 points while Andrew Wiggins added 20 points of his own for the Timberwolves.
The Cavs next play on Wednesday at home against the Phoenix Suns in the last game of a four-game homestand. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in Cleveland.