So I'm sitting between Mary Schmitt-Boyer of the PD and Bob Finnan of the News-Herald and we all in near unison declare tonight's game the most boring we'd seen in a while. For me, that's not as many as those two, but it's still a significant number. It remained that way until 1:20 of the third quarter when LeBron James awakened his teammates and the Target Center crowd with a thunderous dunk. From there it was all downhil for the fans as the Cavs poured it on.
The key to the win: first there was James' 14 points. But secondly, the Cavs played in the manner that made them 20-4 coming into the night's game. The yshot 63 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, while holding the Timberwolves to a mere 29 percent in the same category. They outscored the T-wolves 30-14 in the quarter. Outrebounded them 12-8 and beat them in the paint and on the fastbreak. James impressed the Minneapolis crowd so much they gave him a standing ovation. Delonte West added 21 points to give James a hand. Hitting 9-of-16 shots and agressively moving to the hoop. Quotable: From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on the game Delonte West had:
I thought Delonte was great attacking the basket. He didn’t settle for threes. He had lanes, those guys closed out to him hard. He was really patient about what he did on the offensive end of the floorLeBron James on the fans' reaction to his performance:
You can never be prepared for that on the road. They have great fans here. I appreciate it.At the half:
I don’t even look at him as stepping up. To me that’s Mo Williams. Mo Williams is a gamer and he’s going to make big plays not only for himself, but for the rest of his team. He did it against us his whole career in Milwaukee.