Cavs hope to get back on winning track against Timberwolves
(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers try to rebound from a loss that end
their eight-game winning streak, as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves
tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The
Timberwolves are scheduled to host the Cavaliers on February 8, 2006 at the
Minnesota has won five of the last six meetings in this series. The
Timberwolves have won four of their last six at Cleveland.
The Cavaliers begin a two-game homestand, which will be followed by a three-
game road trip. On Thursday, Ron Artest’s 21 points led a group of six Pacers
that scored in double figures, as Indiana crushed Cleveland, 98-76, at Conseco
Fieldhouse. Artest also shined on the defensive end, holding Cavs superstar
LeBron James to just 6-of-20 shooting from the floor.
James ended with 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 7-of-11 from the free
throw line in the loss to Indiana for the Cavaliers, while forward Drew Gooden
finished with 16 points for Cleveland, which suffered its first loss since it
fell to the Grizzlies, 113-106, on November 5 at Memphis.
Cleveland is a perfect 6-0 at home this season. The Cavaliers are scheduled to
host the Clippers on Wednesday before hitting the road for games Seattle, the
Clippers and Sacramento.
Minnesota starts a stretch where it will play six of its next eight games on
the road. On Friday, Wally Szczerbiak scored 30 points and added six rebounds
and six assists to help lead the Timberwolves past the Milwaukee Bucks, 99-91,
at the Target Center.
Kevin Garnett added 17 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the win over
Milwaukee for the Timberwolves, who have won three of their last four games
overall. Marko Jaric ended with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the win.
The Timberwolves are 0-4 on the road this season. They are scheduled to host
the Clippers on Tuesday before going on a four-game road trip that will
include games at the Lakers, Sacramento, Utah and Portland.