Magic Musings: Orlando wears down shorthanded Minnesota for home victory
ORLANDO, Fla. — With Victor Oladipo scoring 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, the Orlando Magic wore down the tired and shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves to rally for a 100-92 victory.
The Magic won despite committing 23 turnovers and playing without center Nikola Vucevic, who missed his second game in a row with a sore left Achilles tendon. Dewayne Dedmon, who was signed to the first of two 10-day contracts in late February and signed for the rest of the season March 17, made his first start.
The Timberwolves, who were coming off a double-overtime win Friday night at Miami, had to make do without their top scorers. Forward Kevin Love was a late scratch because of back spasms, while center Nikola Pekovic was on their inactive list with a sore right ankle and guard Kevin Martin did not play because of a sore right foot. In addition, Chase Budinger left the game in the opening minute with an ankle injury.
The Timberwolves managed only 15 points and were guilty of six turnovers in the fourth quarter. Without Love, who had 31 points and 17 rebounds against the Magic earlier in the season, they made just one of their 15 3-point attempts in the game.
Arron Afflalo had 10 points for the Magic in the first quarter after failing to score in double figures the last three games and finished with a team-high 18 points. Maurice Harkless added 17 points â all in the first three quarters â as did Tobias Harris.
Their turnovers were the most since they committed 24 against the Miami Heat less than a month into the season.
THE TURNING POINT
Trailing by 13 points, the Magic outscored the Timberwolves 13-5 to end the third quarter and 8-2 to begin the fourth quarter.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Kyle O’Quinn help make up for the absence of Vucevic with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Magic finished the season with a 5-25 record against the Western Conference, with all the victories coming at home.
Wednesday night vs. Brooklyn, 7 p.m. (FOX Sports Florida).