Cleveland 98, Minnesota 87

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, January 6, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #24 Mike Callahan, #71 Rodney Mott, #28 Tommy Nunez Jr.
Attendance - 16943

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cleveland 28 24 24 22 98
Minnesota 24 21 19 23 87

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 4-3 2-1 2-2 W1
Minnesota 2-5 2-4 0-1 L2

Recap


Antawn Jamison had 22 points and Kyrie Irving had 14 points, five assists and five rebounds as the Cavaliers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-87 Friday to take the initial matchup between phenom rookie point guards.

The night was supposed to feature Irving and Ricky Rubio, the only two rookies to make the All-Star ballot, but the two rarely squared off because Irving is a starter and Rubio comes off the bench.

Rubio had 10 points and five assists and four fouls -- three of which Irving drew in a matter of minutes in the second quarter.

The Cavs shot 8 of 17 on 3-pointers and limited the Timberwolves to 4 of 20 from outside.

Kevin Love had 29 points and 14 rebounds, but shot just 8 of 19 for the Timberwolves.

Derrick Williams, selected No. 2 overall behind Irving in last summer's NBA Draft, added 12 points and four rebounds in defeat.

Top Game Performances

Cleveland   Minnesota
Antawn Jamison 22 Scoring Kevin Love 29
Ramon Sessions 6 Assists Luke Ridnour 6
Anderson Varejao 12 Rebounds Kevin Love 14
Ramon Sessions 5 Free Throws Made Kevin Love 10
Anderson Varejao 4 Steals Ricky Rubio 3
Antawn Jamison 2 Blocks Derrick Williams 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Cleveland 98 46.2 8-17 16-22 20 45 7 11 15
Minnesota 87 39.2 4-20 21-31 15 43 4 8 16

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .250 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game on the road against Portland . The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .750 after a loss.
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