The Minnesota Timberwolves losing streak ended at 4 games with a 100 to 92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. The Wolves also snapped an 8 game road losing streak, by rebounding in their 2nd game of their road back to backs with timely shooting down the stretch.
Minnesota, the worst 3 point shooting team in the league, erupted for an 8-14 performance beyond the arc, and a 39-75 overall shooting performance. Luke Ridnour went 9-14 on the night and scored 15 of his game high 21 in the 4th quarter. In a game that saw 9 lead changes and 4 ties throughout, the Wolves were actually ahead at every quarter break except the 1st quarter when they trailed 25-27.
The young Cavs squad never quit and had the game down to a 3 after a Tristan Thompson put back with 1:56 left in the 4th quarter. The Wolves answered on the next possession with a 3 point basket from Luke Ridnour, who came up huge for the Wolves down the stretch.
Both Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio finished the night with double-doubles. Pek had a 16 point, 10 rebound night, while Ricky ended with 13 points and 10 assists.
The Cavs were led by Kyrie Irving, who finished the night with 20 points on 9 of 20 shooting. The Cavs overall shot 51% from the field, but on 28% from 3 point range as they lost their 3rd straight game.
The Wolves will look to extend their win streak to 2 game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night with a 7 o’clock tip at The Target Center. This will be the Wolves last game heading into the All Star Break.