Cavs claw way past Wiggins, T-Wolves

Maybe fretting about the future is more in line with human nature than appreciating the present - the reason why you see more shows about apocalypse scenarios than about gratitude journaling - but at some point, you can see where James' exasperation is coming from.

"The one thing that we can always rely on is the fact that we've played without Kev before", James told reporters. The Cavaliers drafted Wiggins before dealing him to the Timberwolves in part of a three-team trade. Minnesota's loss at Cleveland on February 1 was the first in a stretch of four straight setbacks but it since took two of three and is coming off a 117-89 drubbing of the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

In Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 97-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center arena. Budding star Andrew Wiggins led the way with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting in the win and is averaging 29 points on 58.2 percent shooting over the last three contests. "We've just got to finish out stronger". Minnesota plays Wednesday at Denver before a nine-day break for the NBA All-Star Game.

LeBron James continues to average more than 38 minutes per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but even with the high totals of playing time, he continues improving his play.

But if Wiggins ever wants the Wolves to reach the heights to which they aspire, he's going to need to treat more opponents like he does James and the Cavaliers.

Wiggins had 37 points when he checked back into the game with 7:04 left in the fourth quarter and Cleveland up 103-99.

Wiggins had a chance to tie the score at 107 with 4:56 remaining but missed a three-pointer from 25 feet.

"I think he got exhausted", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Lue said he has identified several games in March during which he intends to keep James on the bench, though he wouldn't disclose the specific dates. "I know it's hard to ask, but he's capable of it".

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