Mario Chalmers

James, Irving pace Cavaliers in 125-97 win over Timberwolves

The calendar turned and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like the defending NBA champions again.

LeBron James scored 27 points, Kyrie Irving had 14 and a career-high 14 assists and Cleveland, coming off a losing record in January, defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-97 on Wednesday night.

Cleveland, which went 7-8 last month, began February with a dominating performance in the second half. The Cavaliers recorded a season-high 37 assists and displayed ball movement that was missing for most of January.

"It's just one game," James said. "We've got to continue to do it. We're not going to have 37 assists every game."

Added coach Tyronn Lue:...