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Rookies Rally Cavs Past T'Wolves

Rookie Cedric Henderson scored a season-high 24 points and rookie Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 19 Monday night to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cleveland's swarming team defense snapped Minnesota's club-record streak of scoring at least 100 points at 11 games while handing the Timberwolves their third straight loss.

Henderson, one of four Cavs selected to play in this weekend's rookie game during NBA All-Star Weekend in New York, scored 10 first-quarter points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Ilgauskas added 10 rebounds and All-Star forward Shawn Kemp had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs. Both fouled out as did Cleveland rookie guard Brevin Knight, who had 14 assists.

Stephon Marbury led Minnesota with 27 points on just 33 percent (7-for-21) shooting.

Minnesota entered the game second in the NBA in scoring at 102.1 points a game but struggled without leading scorer Tom Gugliotta, who missed his second consecutive game with a sore right ankle.

Kemp and Ilgauskas left in foul trouble with 3:55 left in the third quarter and Cleveland leading 73-58. But Minnesota couldn't take advantage as substitute Vitaly Potapenko scored the Cavs' final eight points of the quarter as Cleveland took an 83-66 lead into the fourth.

Terry Porter's 10-point second quarter kept Minnesota in the game. Porter made five of seven shots from the field in the quarter while his teammates shot a combined 1-for-10.

Notes: Cleveland leads the all-time series 15-3 including 8-1 at home. ... Minnesota is 19-7 when scoring at least 100 points and 0-8 when scoring 90 or fewer. ... The Cavs improved to 13-0 when scoring 100 or more points. ... Cleveland put rookie guard Derek Anderson on the injured list with a partially torn ligament in his right knee and signed guard Carl Thomas before the game.

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