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Recap: Timberwolves 129, Cavs 95

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 4, 2010

Antawn Jamison sat at his locker wearing his boxers, a tank top and his dress shoes. He rubbed his face, then his chin, then stared off into nothing wondering about everything.

Jamison has been the most outspoken the last 48 hours about the Cavaliers' woes. But by the end of this 34-point throttling to the team tied for the fewest wins in the NBA, even Jamison had run out of things to say.

"I don't know what to tell you," he said. "It's the first time in a while I've been at a loss for words."

Jamison said the Cavs are playing like the worst team in the league right now. He can't remember the last time they played well on both ends of the floor. Byron Scott said they played like a four-letter word that begins with an 's' and ends with a 't.' And he wasn't talking about "soft."

The offense is a disaster, but the defense is even worse. Losing LeBron James should not send this team spiraling from the top of the league defensively to the bottom. Yet the Cavs allowed 73 points in the first half and 18 3-pointers to a team that entered the night 29th in the league in shooting at 42 percent.

Scott is irritated because he thought the Cavs were finally starting to get it on the defensive end. He praised the players for their efforts and showed them video of all they'd done right. They responded by losing their last three games by an average of 27 points.

Make no mistake: This loss is far worse than the Miami loss. At least the Heat have three All-Stars and is a team that will vie for a championship. The Timberwolves won just four games prior to Saturday and had to fly home from San Antonio on Friday night.

If the Cavs had a hangover from Thursday, they really have a splitting headache now. And they don't have enough aspirin or enough time to shake it before Sunday's game at Detroit. The Pistons are a mess and last in the Central Division. But the Cavs are quickly gaining on them.

Stats
Cavs

Ramon Sessions 18 points
Antawn Jamison 17 points
Mo Williams 4 points, 1 of 3 shooting
Timberwolves
Kevin Love 28 points, 19 rebounds
Wes Johnson 20 points, 6 rebounds
Darko Milicic 14 points, 9 rebounds
Turning point
The opening tip-off. Seriously.

He said it
"We're playing like the worst basketball team in the NBA right now." -- Antawn Jamison

Key stat
* The Timberwolves made 11 of 14 3-pointers in the first half. Of the three misses, two were on half-court heaves at the quarter buzzers.

Notes
* The 73 points in the first half were the most the Cavs allowed to an opponent this season. It actually was a close race. They had allowed 67 points to the Kings in a half during the first week.

* Timberwolves set franchise records for 3-pointers in a first half (11), 3-pointers in a game (18) and Wes Johnson set a career high with 20 points.

* Ramon Sessions was hit with a questionable flagrant-1 in the second half. It will likely get reviewed by the league and could get rescinded.

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