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Final Score: Cavaliers play confused and sloppy, lose to Timberwolves 109-104

Cavs drop first in back-to-back set in Minnesota

Cleveland Cavaliers v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Harrison Barden/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers — lacking energy, cohesion and rhythm — fell in the first of back-to-back games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, 109-104.

The sloppy and sometimes confused play was at the center of the loss for the Cavs. Careless turnovers (19 total) and lackadaisical transitions killed any kind of momentum that was to fall from the sky tonight. What’s worse, it seems as though the Cavs have finally come to terms with their struggles from behind the arc. Tonight, their apparent strategy was to just stop shooting them altogether. Cavs went a frightful 4-16 from three while the Wolves went 16-40.

Collin Sexton landed awkwardly on his already irritated ankle and headed to the locker game with 2:50 left in the first. He returned to the court half-way through the second missing his signature lift and confidence, costing the Cavs with untimely turnovers and thoughtless play. Sexton finished with 16 points, 2 assists and 5 turnovers.

Darius Garland played well with 17 points and 5 assists in 31 minutes but coughed it up 4 times down the stretch. He will need to play with more consistent leadership on the offensive end to produce better results for this young Cavs team.

With Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined via the NBA Health & Safety Protocols, Andre Drummond played efficiently in the paint pulling in 22 rebounds and 25 points. Tonight, Drummond became the 5th active player to accumulate 9,000 points and 8,000 rebounds joining LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler and LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Wolves, coming off three straight losses, easily outplayed the Cavs taking advantage of their effortless play. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards scorched the Cavs tonight scoring 23 points on 9-15 shooting. Malik Beasley also chipped in 23 points.

Up Next: The Cavs face the Timberwolves once again in Minnesota Monday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.