The Cleveland Cavaliers stopped the bleeding Wednesday night getting back in the win column by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-97. The victory was a complete team effort with five Cavs scoring in double figures.
The first quarter started off poorly for the Cavs. They found themselves in a quick 10-2 hole out of the gate and the Twitter mob was not happy. Luckily the team responded and turned it on outscoring the Wolves 34-22 during the rest of the quarter. Kyrie Irving was the maestro of the show tallying 7 points and 8 assists during that stretch, punctuated by this assist to Richard Jefferson.
The Cavs continued to do a great job offensively against the Wolves in the second quarter but the defense was lacking. The team took a 63-60 into the locker room at halftime. Tyronn Lue must have made the first half defense a point during the break because during the third quarter the team played their best on that end of the court. The team stretched their lead all the way to 14 points by the time the fourth quarter started. Cleveland did not let up in the fourth and kept their foot on the gas to begin the final frame. LeBron and Company put the game away just a few minutes into the quarter and it was time to bring in the bench unit. The best part of the second half for Cavs fans had to be the play of Kyle Korver, who is finally starting to look at home on the court with the Cavs. Kyrie Irving had a great game as a distributor, finishing with 14 assists and Tristan Thompson held his own against Karl Anthony Towns.
The victory does not resolve any of the recent issues the team has faced, but winning is always welcome. Kay Felder struggled and the need for the backup point guard situation to be resolved is still very real.
The Cavs are next in action Saturday night when they will look to win their second game in a row against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.