CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers gave Tyronn Lue his first win as head coach with a 114-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Cleveland lost to Chicago on Saturday, a day after Lue replaced David Blatt, who was fired on Friday.
The Cavaliers struggled with the Timberwolves before going on a spurt that began late in the third quarter and carried over into the fourth.
Cleveland still had to hold off a run by the Timberwolves, who cut a 15-point lead to 94-91 midway through the fourth. Tristan Thompson scored seven straight points and Matthew Dellavedova hit a 3-pointer, giving Cleveland a 104-91.
Minnesota got within four but the Cavaliers put the game away at the foul line.
Karl Anthony-Towns led Minnesota with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Zach LaVine scored 21 points while Andrew Wiggins added 20.