The Wolves were looking to extend their winning streak to five games, but the Magic--led by Glen Davis & J.J. Redick were able to halt the Wolves' hot streak and give the Magic a three-game winning streak of their own.
The Wolves were stomping the Magic midway through the third quarter, up 68-53. However the Wolves offense suddenly became quite frigid and Orlando's Glen Davis got rolling. He'd hit six straight shots to narrow the gap and just before the end of the third they were able to tie it at 74. Minnesota's once 15-point lead was cut to just four points after three quarters and unfortunately the couldn't stop the bleeding in the fourth quarter.
The Magic outscored the Timberwolves 28-15 in the fourth quarter as they cruised to a nine-point victory over a Wolves team that had put together an impressive run this past week and a half.
This isn't the first lead the Wolves have blown this season, unfortunately it's not likely to be the last. Hopefully with Ricky returning to the roster and adding a whole new element to an already dangerous Wolves team, situations such as these can be avoided in the near future.
Let's take a look at tonight's key players on each squad...
K. Love: 23pts, 15reb, 3stls, 2tos, 10-20 FG, 2-6 3PT, 1-2 FT in 38 min.
N. Pekovic: 19pts, 12reb, 4tos, 4fls, 8-18 FG, 3-5 FT in 36 min.
A. Kirilenko: 13pts, 4reb, 6ast, 2stls, 2tos, 1fl, 5-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 3-4 FT in 35 min.
G. Davis: 28pts, 5reb, 1ast, 2stls, 2tos, 4fls, 13-17 FG, 2-2 FT in 32 min.
J.J. Redick: 18pts, 1reb, 7ast, 1to, 8-12 FG, 2-4 3PT in 28 bench min.
N. Vucevic: 14pts, 11reb, 2ast, 1stl, 2blks, 3tos, 3fls, 7-13 FG in 33 min.
NOT: Minnesota's second half offense was downright putrid, the same could be said about their second half defense. Ultimately it was the second half TWolves team that took the floor that were utterly disappointing in this one.
The team stats...
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO's (PTS off)
The TWolves will be back in action tomorrow night in Miami vs. the Heat. That game will be broadcast on NBATV and a full gameday preview can be found on this site tomorrow evening. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!