Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report - November 22
=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report - November 22 ===
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers lost in front of their home crowd to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 97-83, on Friday.
LeBron James netted 19 points and hauled in nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had a four-game home win streak halted. Cleveland, which was only able to force eight turnovers, played without forward Carlos Boozer, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.
The Timberwolves led 26-21 after the opening quarter and they led the rest of the way. Cleveland's last lead was at 5-4 early on after a Darius Miles three- pointer and a Zydrunas Ilgauskas bucket.
In a tight second quarter, Minnesota outscored Cleveland, 29-25, en route to taking a 55-46 edge into the intermission.
With 5:26 to play in the third, Latrell Sprewell drained a three to complete an 18-6 Minnesota run and the Timberwolves pushed their advantage to 88-71.
The Cavs trailed by 14 after 36 minutes, but they started the final frame with six unanswered points, capped off by a Chris Mihm dunk.
But the Timberwolves responded with their own 6-0 burst and they controlled the rest of the game.
Boozer rolled his right ankle in the first quarter of a 103-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night and did not return.
The Cavs visit the lowly Atlanta Hawks tonight.CLE