ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic had the tall order of blocking Minnesota’s attempt at a seven-game win streak, but at first, Orlando’s shots just weren’t going in. That all changed in the third quarter.
The Timberwolves opened up the scoring with nothing but 3-pointers, with Patrick Beverley contributing three and Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell each contributing one in the first seven minutes of the first quarter.
The Timberwolves held to 100 percent on free throws in the first half, were 45.5 percent on threes (10-22) and 53.5 percent on field goals (23-43). By comparison, the Magic were 88.9 percent on free throws (16-18), 36.4 on 3-pointers (8-22) and 39.1 percent on field goals (18-46).
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Minnesota scoring in the first half with 12 points, with Jaylen Nowell and Anthony Edwards each backing up with 10 points of their own.
Mo Bamba led the Magic scoring in the first half with 15 points and six rebounds. The other Mo (Wagner) wasn’t too far behind, clocking 11 points of his own in the first half with two rebounds and was 6-6 in free throws. Markelle Fultz contributed six points and three assists off the bench.
The Timberwolves led the Magic by five at halftime, 65-60.
The Magic roared to life in the third quarter. Wendell Carter Jr. in the third quarter alone scored 12 points with four rebounds and two assists. Fultz contributed three successful free throws, three assists and five points.
Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves scoring in the third, giving eight points and three assists. Karl-Anthony Towns scored seven with three assists.
With 1:39 left in the third quarter, Fultz sent the crowd into a frenzy with a layup, switching the lead from Minnesota to Orlando for the first time all game. RJ Hampton followed with a 3-pointer, widening the lead to four points, 97-93.
By the fourth quarter, head coach Mosley’s mantra about it always being “a game of runs” showed through with the Magic. They held onto their lead for the first few possessions of the quarter, and with the fans’ thunderous help, made sure to hang onto it for dear life.
Anthony Edwards topped in scoring for the Timberwolves with 28 points while Karl-Anthony Towns had a double double on the night with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The Magic’s two highest scorers, Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr., both had double doubles on the night. Bamba scored 27 points and made 12 rebounds while Carter contributed 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Magic defeated the Timberwolves 118-110.
The Timberwolves next go down to Miami to face the Heat Saturday, March 12 at 8pm ET. The Magic return to Amway Center Sunday at 6pm ET to host James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com