C.J. Miles scored 19 points, Kyrie Irving added 15, and the Cavaliers held off a late rally for a 93-92 victory over Minnesota on Monday night in Cleveland, handing the Timberwolves their first loss of the season.
The Timberwolves nearly erased a 23-point deficit midway through the third quarter in an effort to stay unbeaten.
Cleveland led, 93-84, but was scoreless over the final 2:43. Kevin Love’s basket with 38 seconds remaining cut the deficit to 1 for Minnesota. Following a miss by Irving with 15 seconds left, the Timberwolves called timeout to set up the last shot. Love, the NBA’s leading scorer, missed a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining and the ball was tipped away as time ran out.
Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 23 points. Love added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which won its first three games and was off to its best start since going 6-0 in 2001-02.
Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett, taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft, missed all three of his shots and is 0 for 15 from the field this season. His only points have come on two free throws in the opener.
Warriors 110, 76ers 90 — Andre Iguodala made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points, Stephen Curry had 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds, and Golden State handed host Philadelphia its first loss of the season.
The overachieving 76ers (3-1) were one of the early surprises of the league. Iguodala, a former Sixers All-Star, brought them back to reality.
Iguodala was sensational, setting the pace early with six 3-pointers and 27 points in the first half. He also made the play of the young season, a behind-the-back, midair assist to David Lee. Iguodala whipped it from about the 3-point line and hit Lee in stride down the lane.
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Eastern Conference player of the week, missed 13 of 17 shots and scored 18 points.
Clippers 137, Rockets 118 — Host Los Angeles blitzed Houston with a 42-point first quarter and cruised behind Chris Paul’s 23 points and 17 assists.
J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 26 points. Omri Casspi paced the Rockets with 19 points off the bench.