Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Luke Ridnour waxed hot in the final period, scoring 13 of his 21 points, as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 100-92 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.
With the game tied at 76, Ridnour poured eight points, all via jumpers, in a 16-7 run that gave the Timberwolves a 92-83 advantage, with 3:55 remaining.
The Cavaliers retaliated with a 6-0 run behind baskets by CJ Miles, Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving to cut the deficit to three, 92-89.
However, Ridnour doused the Cavaliers’ comeback attempt with a 24-foot three-pointer while backcourt partner Ricky Rubio added a jumper for a 97-89 cushion with 1:12 left.
Ridnour then put the finishing touches to the victory with two foul shots.
Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 10 boards while Rubio added 13 points and 10 dimes for the Timberwolves, who also snapped a four-game losing streak.
Three other players finished in double digits for the Timberwolves, with Derrick Williams and Alexey Shved adding 12 points apiece and Mickael Gelabale contributing 11 markers.
Star center Kevin Love was still with the team when the Wolves last tasted victory on the road on Jan. 3. After that, the Wolves lost Love indefinitely to a broken hand.
Without Love, their leading scorer and rebounder, the Timberwolves went just 4-16.
Six players also scored in double digits for the Cavaliers, led by Kyrie Irving’s 20 points and 16 points from Tristan Thompson.
Irving also had seven dimes while Thompson grabbed nine boards for the Cavaliers (16-36), who suffered a second straight loss after a three-game winning run.
Rookie Dion Waiters added 12 points, Alonzo Gee had 11 while Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington scored 10 points apiece off the bench for the Cavaliers.