Night two against the Minnesota Timberwolves went much, much better than night one.
On Monday night in Cleveland — fresh off a loss to the Timberwolves on Sunday and without Larry Nance Jr. and Andre Drummond — the Cavaliers took home a 100-98 win. The Cavs were led by 26 points from Collin Sexton, 23 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks from Jarrett Allen and 19 points and 11 assists from Darius Garland.
With the win, the Cavs improve to 10-11 on the season.
Cleveland, which led by as many as 10 in this game, was led mostly by Allen and Garland with Sexton coming through in support with some scoring. Allen, in his first start since being acquired from the Nets, controlled the paint on both ends of the floor against Ed Davis and Naz Reid. On defense, he protected the rim and gave up very few clean looks while gobbling up rebounds. On offense, he was a repeated lob threat for Garland.
Garland, meanwhile, played one his most complete games as a pro. He came out blazing, scoring 7 points and dishing out 6 assists in the opening quarter before having 6 points — including two big baskets in the final few moments — plus 2 assists to help keep the ball flowing and the game ahead.
The Wolves got close late due to a Garland turnover and a few D’Angelo Russell three-pointers, but two Taurean Prince free-throws clinched the win.
Up next: The Cavs are home again on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.