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NBA standings 2012: Cavaliers slip further back in Central standings with loss at Minnesota

Cleveland remained in last place in the Eastern division after a 91-73 loss at Minnesota. The Cavaliers host Detroit (6-15) Saturday.

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Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 91-73 win over Cleveland Friday. The loss was the Cavs' eighth in their last 10 games, all without Kyrie Irving, and their fourth in a row. Three of those four have been without Dion Waiters (ankle).

Alonzo Gee had 16 points and Anderson Varejao grabbed 14 rebounds.

The loss sends the Cavs to 4-16 on the season, good for last place in the Central division, 1.5 games behind Detroit.

Chicago defeated the Pistons 108-104 on the strength of a 30-point, 23-rebound performance from Joakim Noah Friday. The win keeps the Bulls on top of the division at 10-8.

Milwaukee moved into a tie for second place with a 108-93 win over Charlotte Friday. Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points for the Bucks, while Marquis Daniels added season highs of 18 points and six rebounds in the win.

The Pacers (10-10) remain one game behind Chicago along with Milwaukee after losing 92-89 to Denver Friday. Indiana allowed a 10-0 run by the Nuggets over the last two minutes of play, highlighted by Andre Miller's eight points and one assist in that time frame.

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