Kyrie Irving led the offensive charge with 20 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers but it was not enough as they fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves by the score of 100-92 on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. With the loss Cleveland falls to 16-36 on the year while Minnesota improves to 19-30.
In addition to Irving’s 20 points and seven assists on the night, Tristan Thompson added 16 points and nine rebounds while Dion Waiters added 12 points on perfect 6-6 shooting from the field. Off the bench both Wayne Ellington and Marreese Speights contributed 10 points to lead the reserves.
Luke Ridnour led the Wolves with 21 points while Nikola Pekovic recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was Ricky Rubio however that had a night worth noting recording 13 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals.
Coach Byron Scott was noticeably disappointed in the post-game press conference and shared the following statement regarding the loss:
“I don’t know if it was the worst loss of the year, but it wasn’t pretty. We definitely didn’t come out and play the way I expected us to play… It was terrible in the second half. They shot 64 percent in the second half. What I saw tonight is we had a little adversity and we scattered. We don’t come together. We go our separate ways. Now is that youth and inexperience? I guess you can blame it on both of those, but we go our separate ways when it gets tough and you can’t do that.”
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