Bynum's longest stint of season
CAVALIERS CENTER Andrew Bynum is not sure he will regain his explosiveness after missing all of last season because of injuries to both knees.
The 7-foot Bynum said before last night's game against Minnesota that he still feels pain in his knees, but hopes his minutes will increase as the season goes on. He hoped to play in both halves of the game, his third appearance of the season.
Bynum acknowledged he isn't as explosive as he was when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers and wonders whether that aspect of his game will return.
"I don't think that's coming back," he said. "It makes you rely more on footwork and skills vs. athleticism."
Bynum is also dealing with the normal effects of having surgery, but is pleased with the progress he's made.
"I feel little sharp pains here and there, but it's nothing too bad," he said. "I feel all right. My timing's off, but I haven't played in a long time. I have skills. I have talent. I just need to get my timing back."
Bynum played 18:40 in last night's 93-92 win over Minnesota, his longest stint of the season, and scored 10 points with four rebounds.
C.J. Miles scored 19 points and Kyrie Irving added 15 as the Cavs held off a late rally by the visiting Timberwolves, who took their first loss of the season.
Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 23 points and Kevin Love added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Cleveland led, 93-84, but was scoreless over the final 2:43. Love's basket with 38 seconds remaining cut the lead to one point. Following a miss by Irving with 15 seconds left, the Timberwolves called timeout to set up the last shot. Love, the NBA's leading scorer, missed a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining and the ball was tipped away as time ran out.
Cavs rookie forward Anthony Bennett, taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft, missed all three of his shots and is 0-for-15 from the field this season. His only points have come on two free throws in the season opener.
In other games
* At Memphis, Jerryd Bayless keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring all of his 15 points in the period to lead the Grizzlies to a 95-88 victory over the Boston Celtics. Bayless hit six of seven in the quarter to help Memphis erase a six-point Boston lead with a little less than 9 minutes to play.
Zach Randolph and Mike Conley also had 15 for Memphis, Conley handing out eight assists. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 22 points, while Jared Sullinger scored 16, going two of three from outside the arc.
* At Los Angeles, J.J. Redick scored 26 points and Chris Paul added 23 points and 17 assists as the Clippers downed the Houston Rockets, 137-118. Seven Clippers scored in double figures for the Clippers, who dealt Houston its first loss of the season.
Seven Rockets also scored in double figures, led by Omri Casspi, who had 19 points off the bench, to go along with nine rebounds.
* Washington coach Randy Wittman was fined $20,000 by the NBA for using profane language during a postgame news conference. Wittman swore while discussing the Wizards' 109-102 loss to the Sixers on Friday.