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Cavs pull away to give Lue first win as coach

CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue has had a hectic few days. He now has his first win as an NBA coach.

LeBron James scored 25 to lead six players in double figures, and the Cavaliers defeated the Timberwolves 114-107 Monday night.

Cleveland lost to Chicago on Saturday, a day after Lue replaced David Blatt, who was fired Friday.

Lue was presented the game ball after the win.

"It's only been two games, but to get my first head coaching win, it means a lot," he said. "I came in the locker room, the team presented me with the game ball, LeBron gave a speech and they all gave me a hug and said congratulations."

"It's a special moment for anyone," James said. "It could be a rookie player, a rookie head coach. When you get that first win it's very special. You never forget it."

Lue admitted the last few days have been a whirlwind.

"Things are still moving fast for me," he said. "I'm not used to it yet, but I think I'm ready for it. I think after (Monday night) and the Phoenix game (Wednesday), I think things will start to slow down."

The timing of Lue's promotion came as a shock considering the Cavaliers have the best record in the Eastern Conference. The loss to Chicago didn't help, but Lue understands the expectations he's inherited.

"It comes with the territory," he said. "When you coach this type of team, a team who has aspirations of winning a championship, it's going to be like this."

MAGIC WASTES RALLY: Jeff Green scored a season-high 30, and the host Grizzlies converted enough free throws in overtime to defeat the Magic 108-102. Orlando's 9-0 run late in regulation gave it a 100-96 lead before Green took over.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Dwyane Wade had 28 points, Chris Bosh 18 and the visiting Heat rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter for an 89-84 victory over the host Bulls, snapping a four-game losing streak. … Point guard Isaiah Thomas had 23 points in three quarters as the visiting Celtics kept John Wall in check and beat the Wizards 116-91. … James Harden scored 35 and Trevor Ariza added a season-high 31 to help the Rockets beat the host Pelicans 112-111. The Pelicans played the second half without forward Anthony Davis, who left late in the second quarter with a concussion.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Five weeks after having surgery, Bucks coach Jason Kidd will return to the bench tonight when Milwaukee hosts the Magic. … Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will not play on the rest of the team's road trip as he works his way back into game shape from a quadriceps injury. … Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is questionable with a sore knee for tonight's game against the Thunder. … Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy will be paced through a controlled contact scrimmage today and said he's targeting a February return from offseason back surgery.

Cavaliers 114, Wolves 107

MINNESOTA (107): Prince 2-4 0-0 4, Towns 11-16 4-5 26, Pekovic 2-6 0-0 4, Rubio 2-7 0-0 4, Wiggins 7-14 5-6 20, Dieng 2-4 9-9 13, Muhammad 5-13 0-0 10, LaVine 8-15 3-3 21, Bjelica 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 41-84 21-23 107.

CLEVELAND (114): James 11-15 2-3 25, Love 5-11 0-1 11, Thompson 8-10 3-7 19, Irving 7-18 2-2 17, Smith 3-14 3-4 11, Mozgov 2-2 0-0 4, Dellavedova 6-12 2-2 18, Shumpert 3-7 1-1 9, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-89 13-20 114.

Minnesota 29 26 18 34— 107

Cleveland 32 27 24 31— 114

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 4-16 (LaVine 2-7, Bjelica 1-2, Wiggins 1-3, Rubio 0-1, Towns 0-1, Muhammad 0-2), Cleveland 11-31 (Dellavedova 4-8, Shumpert 2-3, Smith 2-8, James 1-1, Irving 1-4, Love 1-7). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 44 (Towns 11), Cleveland 52 (Thompson 12). AssistsMinnesota 28 (Rubio 10), Cleveland 30 (James 9). Total FoulsMinnesota 24, Cleveland 18. A20,562 (20,562).

Grizzlies 108, Magic 102, OT

ORLANDO (102): Harris 6-9 1-1 16, Gordon 3-8 4-4 10, Vucevic 8-17 0-0 16, Payton 6-11 2-4 14, Oladipo 1-10 3-3 5, Fournier 6-11 0-0 16, Napier 2-5 0-0 6, Smith 4-7 0-0 8, Hezonja 2-3 0-0 5, Frye 2-5 2-2 6, Dedmon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-86 12-14 102.

MEMPHIS (108): Allen 4-9 1-3 9, Randolph 8-16 2-4 18, Gasol 7-20 3-4 17, Conley 4-13 3-4 12, Lee 6-12 1-2 16, Chalmers 0-3 0-0 0, Barnes 1-5 0-0 2, Je.Green 11-18 6-8 30, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Hollins 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 43-100 16-25 108.

Orlando 33 32 16 19 2— 102

Memphis 31 33 16 20 8— 108

3-Point GoalsOrlando 10-28 (Fournier 4-9, Harris 3-4, Napier 2-3, Hezonja 1-2, Frye 0-1, Payton 0-1, Gordon 0-4, Oladipo 0-4), Memphis 6-18 (Lee 3-6, Je.Green 2-6, Conley 1-3, Barnes 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 50 (Vucevic 14), Memphis 64 (Randolph 13). AssistsOrlando 24 (Oladipo 6), Memphis 25 (Conley 9). Total FoulsOrlando 22, Memphis 16. A15,779 (18,119).

Heat 89, Bulls 84

MIAMI (89): Deng 4-11 0-0 9, Bosh 8-16 1-4 18, Stoudemire 3-7 2-2 8, Udrih 1-5 0-0 3, Wade 11-21 6-8 28, Green 4-12 1-1 9, Johnson 3-5 0-0 6, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0, Winslow 3-4 2-2 8. Totals 37-81 12-17 89.

CHICAGO (84): Snell 2-11 2-2 6, Gibson 2-3 1-2 5, Gasol 9-18 1-2 19, Rose 2-6 0-0 4, Butler 5-15 2-2 13, Mirotic 6-11 2-3 15, McDermott 3-10 0-0 7, Brooks 5-12 1-1 13, Portis 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-88 9-12 84.

Miami 18 31 12 28— 89

Chicago 23 24 21 16— 84

3-Point GoalsMiami 3-14 (Udrih 1-2, Deng 1-2, Bosh 1-4, Winslow 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Green 0-4), Chicago 5-18 (Brooks 2-7, Butler 1-1, Mirotic 1-2, McDermott 1-4, Snell 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 53 (Stoudemire 10), Chicago 52 (Gasol 17). AssistsMiami 21 (Wade 5), Chicago 18 (Brooks 6). Total FoulsMiami 15, Chicago 18. A21,720 (20,917).

Celtics 116, Wizards 91

BOSTON (116): Crowder 5-12 0-0 11, Johnson 1-4 2-2 4, Sullinger 3-7 1-2 7, Thomas 8-14 5-5 23, Bradley 5-11 0-0 11, Smart 5-11 1-2 13, Turner 7-11 4-5 18, Olynyk 3-8 5-6 13, Jerebko 1-3 0-0 2, Zeller 4-6 1-1 9, Rozier 0-1 0-0 0, Young 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 44-90 19-23 116.

WASHINGTON (91): Porter 6-11 1-2 15, Nene 3-9 2-6 8, Gortat 3-5 4-4 10, Wall 3-11 2-4 8, Temple 0-7 2-2 2, Dudley 5-7 3-4 15, Beal 2-6 0-0 4, Sessions 3-4 6-8 12, Neal 3-5 0-0 7, Oubre Jr. 2-3 0-0 4, Gooden 0-0 0-0 0, Eddie 2-5 0-0 6, Blair 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 20-30 91.

Boston 22 31 31 32— 116

Washington 20 29 21 21— 91

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-22 (Olynyk 2-3, Thomas 2-3, Smart 2-5, Young 1-1, Bradley 1-4, Crowder 1-5, Johnson 0-1), Washington 7-24 (Dudley 2-3, Porter 2-4, Eddie 2-4, Neal 1-2, Oubre Jr. 0-1, Beal 0-3, Wall 0-3, Temple 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 48 (Sullinger, Smart 6), Washington 55 (Gortat 11). AssistsBoston 31 (Thomas 9), Washington 24 (Wall 10). Total FoulsBoston 23, Washington 19. Flagrant Fouls—Nene. A11,753 (20,308).

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