The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to get the best of the Minnesota Timberwolves, winning 100-98 Monday in their second straight matchup.
The Minnesota Timberwolves did not make things easy for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final seconds Monday night. It was a four-point game with 14.1 seconds left and a two-point game with 6.1 seconds left and yet the Cavs were still able to come out on top. The final seconds of the game really put an exclamation point on the rally from Minnesota. It was a seven point advantage in the 4th quarter for the Timberwolves and they nearly came away with the victory.
There are two areas that stick out as difference makers that allowed the Cavaliers to win this time out, blocks and free throws. Cleveland had a 12-1 edge in blocks and went 23-31 from the line while Minnesota made 7 of their 11 attempts. These two factors definitely played an important role and is why the Cavs were able to avenge Sunday’s loss.
Jarrett on the spot
Jarrett Allen filled in for Andre Drummond and he did not disappoint. Allen did his best Drummond impression as he finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 1 assist. While he did not lead the team in scoring, Allen was easily the player of the game for the Cavaliers.
SexLand bounces back
Speaking of leading the team in scoring, Collin Sexton made 7 of 17 field goals attempts, 2 of his 4 three-point attempts, and made an impressive 10 of 11 free throws en route to his 26 point scoring effort. Darius Garland had a game-high 11 assists and scored 19 point of his own. Garland went 9-18 from the field and made just 1 of 4 three-pointers.
SexLand needed to step up on Monday and they did. After Allen, SexLand were the most important players in the game for the Cavs. The young guard duo propelled the team to a much needed victory.