Friday, February 29, 2008

Timberwolves sink near NBA's basement

Al Jefferson scored 22 points and corralled 10 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight; however, it was not enough as Minnesota fell short of the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at Quicken Loans Arena 92-84.

Corey Brewer added 15 points and four steals for the Wolves, but the loss dropped Minnesota to 12-45 and last place in the NBA's western conference -- a mere half-game ahead of Miami in the NBA's overall standings.

Lacking Kevin Garnett, Minnesota's power forward Craig Smith led the Wolves in the paint with eight points and eight rebounds. Smith's performance was not enough, however, to suppress Cleveland. The Cavaliers cruised to victory as they were led by another astonishing performance its all-star phenom, LeBron James.

James was the game's leading scorer with 30 points, on 11-for-22 shooting, and he also led the Cavs with 13 assists.

Also helping Cleveland tonight was Delonte West. As one of Cleveland's recent acquisitions in its three-team trade, West score 12 points and dished out five assists to aid the Cavs in disposing the Timberwolves and improving to 33-26 and 5th place in the Eastern conference standings.

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