NBA: LeBron James helps carry Cavs, Bulls star Jimmy Butler shines in return

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

Minneapolis (AFP) - LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a huge night from Andrew Wiggins to record a 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wiggins finished with a game-high 41 points for the Timberwolves, equalling his second-highest point total this National Basketball Association season.

James also had 14 assists for Cleveland, who sealed their 38th win of the season with 1min 39sec remaining when former Timberwolves player Derrick Williams finished off a fast break layup.

The layup came just moments after James had nailed a step back three pointer.

Wiggins had help from Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Gorgui Dieng added 12 points, but no other Timberwolves player reached double figures in scoring.

Cleveland had to make due without forward Kevin Love, who had surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and will be sidelined for six weeks.

Love was averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds per game.

"The one thing that we can always rely on is the fact that we've played without Kev before," James said. "We've had to do that in the playoffs. As much as you don't like to play without some of your big guns, sometimes if it happens then you're just ready for it."

Channing Frye helped fill the void by chipping in with 21 points. Tristan Thompson also contributed to the offence by adding 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler returned from an injury to score 19 points as the Chicago Bulls held off a late Toronto Raptors rally for a 105-94 victory.

Butler, who last played Feb 10 and was sidelined with a right heel contusion, nailed seven free throws in the final 108 seconds.

Doug McDermott scored 20 points for the Bulls.

The Raptors, who lost for the 11th time in the past 15 games, are 0-11 against the Bulls since late 2013.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for Toronto.

In Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 97-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.