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CLEVELAND — Try as he might, poor Andrew Wiggins just can’t beat the Cavaliers, can’t even come close.
This one even took place without Kevin Love.
But it’s quite obvious the defending champion Cavaliers are too experienced, too doggone good for Wiggins and his young Minnesota Timberwolves.
This time, the final score was Cavs 125, Wolves 97 Wednesday at Quickens Loan Arena.
Entering the night, Wiggins was 0-4 against the team that drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2014, losing by an average of 17.5 points.
Well, make it 0-5, as Wiggins and the Wolves tumbled by 28.
It could have been worse, but LeBron James (27 points, 12 assists) rested earlier than usual and Kyrie Irving (14 points) struggled shooting to the tune of 5-of-18.
Of course, Irving also passed for a career-high 14 assists, setting up good looks for teammates and just generally finding ways to bury the opponent.
“As of late, he’s been making the right play,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.
Added James, “He made all the right reads, and everyone benefited.”
As for the shooting struggles, Irving said he’s miffed, but happy with the end result.
“It’s a win for all of us,” he said. “But I’ll deal with the shooting woes, by myself, tomorrow.”
Kyle Korver (a Cavs-high 20 points), Tristan Thompson (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Channing Frye (18 points) were other massive factors.
And the Cavs (33-15) have now won three of four.
Karl Anthony-Towns led the Timberwolves with 26 points and 12 boards.
Wiggins, who enabled the Cavs to get Love in a 2014 trade, had a nice game with 23 points. He typically plays well against the Cavs … and the Timberwolves (19-30) always lose.
They haven’t made the playoffs since 2004, and things don’t look as if they will be much different this season under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
But again, the Timberwolves are awful young and can run and jump with the best of them. The Cavs, however, are the defending champs. And Wiggins sees what he’s missing every time he faces them.
“On defense, we didn’t get the job done,” Wiggins said. “They’ve got a lot of shooters, and (Kyrie) hurt us a lot by finding them.”
As a team, the Cavs finished with a season-high 37 assists.
“We gotta continue to do it,” James said. “It’s just one game.”
Love sat for the second straight game with back spasms. He could return Saturday vs. the Knicks.
The Cavs will take Thursday off, then depart for New York on Friday afternoon.