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Wolves decisively end home skid to Cavs

Published Jan. 8, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and tight defense on LeBron James and the Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over Cleveland on Monday night that stopped a 12-game home losing streak to the Cavaliers.

Karl-Anthony Towns (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (16 points, 13 rebounds) were tenacious around the basket for Minnesota, which outrebounded the Cavs 56-37 and outscored them 60-42 in the paint.

James had just 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, taking his first loss at Minnesota since Feb. 17, 2005. Cleveland fell behind by as many as 41 points in the third quarter after a dunk by Wiggins set up by a driving pass by Tyus Jones, who had grabbed his own miss from 3-point range. That matched the largest deficit James has ever faced in the regular season since a game at Orlando on April 3, 2009.

Butler had nine assists and eight rebounds before resting during the fourth quarter, too. The Wolves led 69-42 at halftime, matching their largest first-half score from just two nights earlier.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 10 rebounds night to lead host Indiana to a 109-96 victory over the Bucks. … DeMar DeRozan scored 35, including a go-ahead three-point play with 26.1 seconds left in overtime, and the visiting Raptors shook off a late injury to Kyle Lowry to beat the Nets 114-113. … Eric Gordon and Chris Paul each had 24 points and nine assists, and the visiting Rockets beat the Bulls 116-107. … DeMarcus Cousins scored 16 of his 20 after Anthony Davis left with an ankle injury in the third quarter, and the host Pelicans held off the Pistons 112-109.

COACH RIPS ESPN: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy lambasted ESPN for reporting LaVar Ball's criticism of Lakers coach Luke Walton. Ball is the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. "I thought it was a cheap shot and I thought ESPN showed total disrespect," Van Gundy said. "I don't have a problem with LaVar Ball. He's a grown man. He can voice whatever opinion he wants. I got a problem with ESPN deciding that's a story." Also, Warriors coach described LaVar Ball as "the Kardashian of the NBA" and said he has zero credibility.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.

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