The Magic defeated the Timberwolves 100-92 behind a strong 4th quarter showing. Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless each had 17 points. Arron Afflalo added 18 and Victor Oladipo had 16.
Orlando began cutting back on the turnovers and the fouls in the fourth quarter and began making their move. Some key fast break opportunities from Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo closed the gap and then strong performances from Kyle O’Quinn and Jameer Nelson outside the scoring column changed the game.
Nelson has 12 assists despite shooting 1 for 6 from the floor. O’Quinn has turned in a double double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Maurice Harkless has 17 points to lead the Magic and Tobias Harris has added 17 as well. Victor Oladipo has 16 points.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) April 6, 2014
Minnesota has struggled to hit their 3-pointers and get a consistent offensive attack. But Orlando’s fouling has kept Minnesota in the game and now Minnesota’s interior defense is causing some issues.
Dante Cunningham has three blocks and the Timberwolves hold a 40-28 lead in points in the paint to this point. Throw in Minnesota’s 17-for-23 performance from the foul line and you have some major questions the Magic’s defense is being asked right now.
The Timberwolves are not pulling away however and that has kept the Magic hoping for some good luck down the stretch.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) April 5, 2014
The Magic held as much as a nine-point lead in the second quarter of this one behind Arron Afflalo’s stellar play and some timely 3-point shooting. Fouls have really held the team back however.
Dewayne Dedmon, starting his first game, has four three in 4:52. That is dangerously close to the Stanely Roberts/David Vaughn vortex. The Timberwolves have 15 free throw attempts, helping them stay in the game.
Kevin Love's injury is back spasms.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) April 5, 2014
The Wolves are down a lot of players early on here in Orlando. It got worse with Chase Budinger going to the locker room after the Timberwolves’ first possession. Minnesota is also without Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic and Shabazz Muhammad. Buckle up, it is going to be a long night.
Orlando gave Dewayne Dedmon his first start and he scored the first basket of the game, also grabbing four rebounds as he and Kyle O’Quinn attacked the offensive glass early. Orlando holds a 14-11 lead early on here with Arron Afflalo scoring seven points.