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NBA: Miami Heat abruptly end DeMar DeRozan’s scoring streak – KAT sinks Cavaliers

Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Co. keep DeMar DeRozan well below the 30-point mark, causing the Bulls superstar to narrowly miss a record set by Michael Jordan. Karl Anthony Towns stops a Cavaliers comeback and the Nets are dealt with by a rookie.

Cleveland Cavaliers (36-25) – Minnesota Timberwolves (33-29) 122:127 (BOXSCORE)

  • From the line of three in Cleveland, things have been going easy for Karl-Anthony Towns lately! Barely a week after his triumph in the 3-point contest, he scored from a central position, to put the Wolves ahead with 12 seconds to go. Cedi Osman, who had previously equalized from downtown in attack, clearly missed the Cavs’ last chance.
  • Overall, Towns played an unremarkable game with 17 points (1/4 3P), 4 rebounds and 3 assists, but his buddy D’Angelo Russell turned it up a bit (23, 4/8 3P). Minnesota shared the burden on many shoulders: Five Wolves scored at least 15 points, including Anthony Edwards (4 rebounds, assists and steals each) and Jaden McDaniels (5/7 3P) with 17 points each.
  • The Cavaliers got off to a better start and quickly led by as much as 14 points in the first quarter, but lost that lead just as quickly. Minnesota took the lead in the second quarter and didn’t give it away, meanwhile the Wolves led by +23. However, little fell for Minnesota early in the fourth quarter, allowing the Cavs to fight their way up and make the closing stages exciting.
  • This was partly due to Kevin Love, who gave his former team 26 points (5/10 3P), with him also convincing Osman (21, 5/9 3P, 5 Assists) coming off the bench. Jarrett Allen had 10 field throws for 21 points and 8 rebounds, Brandon Goodwin (17, 12 assists) cut a fine figure as one of the few remaining guards in the absence of Darius Garland, Caris Levert, Rajon Rondo and Collin Sexton. Evan Mobley recorded a double-double (15, 10 rebounds).

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