Alabama's national title is good news for LeBron James, Cavs

Alabama's national title is good news for LeBron James, Cavs

Cavaliers: Continue five-game trip at Minnesota on Monday night.

Yes, the Wolves are older, but more importantly, they've added veterans that can dominate and contribute as the 127-99 victory over the Cavaliers punctuated on Monday night.

Over the past six games, the Wolves have held their opponent to under 100 points.

Jimmy Butler almost triple-doubled with 21 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and four triples in a 127-99 blowout win over the Cavaliers on Monday.

Right from the tipoff, the Timberwolves set the tone with excellent ball movement, steals and tight defense on the Cavaliers. The Wolves sleepwalked through the first three quarters before making it a game late but ultimately came up short. Plus-minus, for those National Basketball Association fans who might not be familiar with the term, is a stat that is used to illustrate the difference between the number of points a player's team scores versus the number of points the opposing team scores when he's on the court. The Timberwolves finished the first quarter ahead 32-18. With each made Timberwolves basket, the Cavaliers struggled to both contest shots and find a scoring groove of their own. We got really good shots to start the game. The Wolves led 69-42 at halftime.

It puts a cap on what has been an encouraging last few weeks for the Timberwolves, who appear to be finally trending in the right direction having won nine out of their last 12 games. Karl-Anthony Towns had a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double. Beating the Cavs with Isaiah Thomas back in the lineup made winning more hard - never mind a blowout.

He was soon taken out to the bench at the 5 minute mark of the third quarter and watch his teammates fall by 38 points until the final buzzer.

Stephen Curry, during Kevin Durant's absence, went rogue against the Denver Nuggets and had 32 points and nine assists while shooting 9-of-17 from the floor.

"Jamal (Crawford), Taj (Gibson), Aaron Brooks, Jeff Teague, they're not young anymore". This could be a major win that Minnesota can build off moving ahead as a mental edge that they can beat the best teams in the league. And it should be noted that Jones extracted a little revenge on James streaking past him for a fast-break dunk that James had no chance to block.

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