CLEVELAND: Kevin Love’s 3-pointer in the final seconds hit the back of the rim and the Cavaliers survived with a 93-92 victory, handing the Minnesota Timberwolves their first loss of the season.
It shouldn’t have been that difficult. The Cavs led by 23 in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves scored 17 of the game’s final 19 points. The Cavs’ last basket was scored by Kyrie Irving with 2:43 left, then the Cavs held on for dear life.
C.J. Miles had 19 points off the bench, Andrew Bynum had 10 points and four rebounds in his most extensive action yet and Irving had 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and nine turnovers.
Bynum played nearly 19 minutes in his third game of the season. He played in both halves, the first time he made more than one appearance in a game as he continues his rehab after missing all of last season with knee problems.
The Cavs missed their final five shots after shooting 55 percent in the first half.
The Timberwolves had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but J.J. Barea lost control while trying to drive and pushed the ball to Love, who was named the Western Conference Player of the Week earlier in the day. But Love’s attempt was long off the back iron and the rebound caromed back toward midcourt as time ran out.
The Cavs (2-2) play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.