MINNEAPOLIS — Jarrett Allen scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds, Darius Garland and Kevin Love also had double-doubles, and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a fast start to cruise 123-106 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Love scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds off the bench against his former team, and Garland scored 12 points to go with 12 assists. The Cavs (15-12) raced out to a 20-4 lead on the way to their second straight win.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 of his 21 points in garbage time, Malik Beasley had 15 points off the bench and Anthony Edwards scored 13 for Minnesota (11-15), which shot 39.1% from the field. The Wolves have lost five in a row after winning seven of eight.
Cleveland is off to its best start since 2017-18, the year the team won the last of its four straight Eastern Conference championships. Lauri Markkanen added 19 points of 7 of eight shooting (four 3-pointers) and Isaac Okoro has his best scoring output of the season with 16.
The Cavaliers will head back to Cleveland Saturday night to host the Sacramento Kings at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
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