Cleveland falls to Minnesota, 102-95

Cavs two-game winning streak ends

Tim Grattan
November 26, 2018 - 9:34 pm

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Kyle Korver scored 22 points and Rodney Hood added 20 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers fell 102-95 to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday.

Tristan Thompson had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland. 

With the win, Minnesota snapped its five-game losing to Cleveland on the road. The last win for the Timberwolves (10-11) in Cleveland (4-15) was back on Feb. 11, 2013. 

Crashing the boards – Cleveland went to a bigger lineup Monday and the results paid off on the boards. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Timberwolves 40-39 in the game. Tristan Thompson had 9 of his team-high 11 rebounds in the first half.

Cold quarter – After trailing 29-26 in the first quarter, The Cavaliers struggled shooting from the floor in the second quarter. Cleveland shot just 44.4 percent in the second quarter, while Minnesota shot 45.7 percent take control of the game.
The Cavs weren't’t hitting from 3-point land, too. Cleveland went 3-of-12 from downtown in the second quarter. 

QB1 – The loudest cheer of the night came early in the second quarter as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield made an appearance on the video board. Mayfield guided Cleveland to a 35-20 win over Cincinnati on Sunday against former Browns head coach Hue Jackson. 

Rookie test – Collin Sexton, is going to face some stringent criteria for the rookie point guard. Sexton, the Alabama product, will go up All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland’s next three games. 
“I hope he approaches the game the same way that he's playing right now,” Drew said. “With knowing what these guys are and how their tendencies are -- he still has a lot of growing to do.”
Sexton is average 14.6 points per game in 18 games (8 starts) with 2.4 assists. 

Walking wounded -- Cavaliers guard David Nwaba missed tonight’s game due to right knee soreness. Nwaba didn’t participate in shootaround with the team on Monday morning.   
“It doesn’t appear to be serious right now,” Drew said. “He's complained about a little soreness in his knee, so we’ll keep him out tonight.” 
George Hill is making slow progress with his right shoulder injury. Hill went through some contact drills during shootaround, but the veteran point guard isn’t ready for game action. 
Sam Dekker is out with a left ankle injury.  

Buckeye no-show – Former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop did not see any action for the Timberwolves’ only appearance to Cleveland. 
Bates-Diop, was drafted in the second round by the Timberwolves in the 2018 NBA draft, got recalled from Minnesota’s G League team Iowa Energy on Nov. 20.