Tyronn Lue has had a hectic few days. He now has his first win as an NBA coach.
LeBron James scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures Monday night and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-107, at Cleveland.
The Cavaliers lost to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, a day after Lue replaced the fired David Blatt.
Lue was presented the game ball in the locker room after the victory.
“It’s only been two games, but to get my first head coaching win, it means a lot,” he said. “I came in the locker room, the team presented me with the game ball, LeBron gave a speech and they all gave me a hug and said congratulations.”
Said James: “It’s a special moment for anyone. It could be a rookie player, a rookie head coach. When you get that first win it’s very special. You never forget it.”
“Things are still moving fast for me,” he said. “I’m not used to it yet, but I think I’m ready for it. I think after tonight and the Phoenix game [Wednesday], I think things will start to slow down.”
The timing of Lue’s promotion came as a shock considering the Cavaliers have the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Houston 112, at New Orleans 111: James Harden scored 35 points and Trevor Ariza a season-high 31 to lead the Rockets over the Pelicans, who played the second half without All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Davis suffered an apparent concussion in the second quarter when he was inadvertently elbowed in the head by teammate Tyreke Evans.
Miami 89, at Chicago 84: Dwyane Wade scored 28 points to lead the Heat, which overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit in ending a four-game losing streak.
Boston 116, at Washington 91: Isaiah Thomas led the rout, scoring 23 points in three quarters before sitting out the fourth.
Atlanta 119, at Denver 105: Paul Millsap scored 22 points and Al Horford 18 for the Hawks, who wrapped up a Western Conference trip with a 2-2 record.
Detroit 95, at Utah 92: Reggie Jackson scored 29 points and the Pistons never trailed.
at Golden State 120, San Antonio 90