Former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant-two foul on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, for clotheslining him in the jaw as he drove to the basket.
‘‘I didn’t mean to do that,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘I'm just glad he’s all right.’’
Thomas, still on a playing-time restriction coming off a hip injury, had nine points in 19 minutes as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost at Minnesota, 127-99.
The Timberwolves built a lead on Cleveland as big as 41 points before the end of the third quarter. Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Thomas, three-fifths of Cleveland’s starting lineup, were a combined 0 for 18 from the field in the first half, as the Cavaliers have lost six of the last nine.