Minnesota allowed six Cleveland players in double figures and shot less than 40-percent opposed to Cleveland's 46-percent. Veteran Antawn Jamison was the Cavs' leading scorer with 22 points and added six rebounds to help the Cavs in their rebounding advantage.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were led by Kevin Love, who finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds despite a slow first half. Darko Milicic had 11 points at the half, but didn't score in the second.
Minnesota has now lost two straight and will be back at it again on Sunday against the Wizards.
The Cavs shot 46-percent and outscored the T-Wolves in both the first and second quarters. No. 1 overall pick in last summer's draft Kyrie Irving was the leading scorer with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting and added four assists and three rebounds.
Dark Milicic was the leading scorer for the Timberwolves in the first half with 11 points, which is usually a good sign of trouble.
The real trouble was on the boards, though, as the Cavs outrebounded the oft heavy rebounding Timberwolves and also had more trips to the charity stripe. That's what made up the difference in the first 24 minutes.