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                  === Love leads T-Wolves past Magic in OT ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love  had a monster game with 31
 points  and  17 rebounds,  including  a  late  3-pointer  that sent  the  game
 to  overtime, and  the  Minnesota  Timberwolves came  through  with a  120-115
 victory over the Orlando Magic at Target Center.
 
 Kevin  Martin  scored seven of his  23 points in  the extra stanza to help the
 Timberwolves win their season opener.
 
 With Minnesota down 103-100 with 12.5 seconds left in regulation, Timberwolves
 head  coach  Rick Adelman called  a sideline  out-of-bounds play for Love, who
 came off a pick from Nikola Pekovic and buried the three to tie the game.
 
 "Kevin made a big shot to take it into overtime and then in overtime I thought
 we  did a  good job of defending  them," Adelman said. "Let's take the win. We
 just need to learn from it."
 
 Orlando's  Arron Afflalo had a team-high 28 points and Nikola Vucevic recorded
 his first double-double of 2013-14 with 22 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
 
 "Tonight  we fought. We got back in the game and got a lead," Vucevic said. "I
 just wanted to play my game. I just wanted to do well."
 
 Afflalo  had the  opportunity to  end it  in regulation,  but his  turn-around
 jumper  was  contested by Corey  Brewer and  hit the front  of the rim as time
 expired.
 
 In  overtime,  with the game  tied at 105, Wolves  point guard Ricky Rubio and
 Pekovic  ran a  textbook pick-and-roll play when the Montenegrin hit the layup
 and  was fouled  in the  process.  He connected  the  free throw  for the  old
 fashioned three-point play.
 
 Orlando's  Solomon  Jones hit a  baseline jumper the following possession down
 the  floor for the  Magic, and Martin answered right back for Minnesota with a
 fade-away  floater, got  fouled, and hit the  free throw to extend the lead to
 111-107.
 
 After  a  Rubio block  on Jameer  Nelson, Love  hit a  cutting Pekovic for the
 bucket to extend the lead to six with just two minutes to play.
 
 Afflalo hit two free throws and Martin hit an open jumper from the wing with a
 minute remaining to seal it for the Twin City faithful.
 
 Orlando  came  out sluggish to start  the game, trailing 38-27 after the first
 quarter,  a night after  taking a hard fought loss to Indiana in their season-
 opener.  Minnesota came  out firing  on all  cylinders, shooting  13-of-22 (59
 percent)  from the field  in the first frame, led by reserve guard J.J. Barea,
 who had 9 points off the bench. He finished with 11 points and three assists.
 
 The  Magic  chipped  away  in  the final  three  quarters,  winning  each  and
 ultimately forcing Minnesota, and Love, into the pressure shot at the end.
 
 Every  starter  for Minnesota ended  in double  figures. Rubio finished with a
 double-double,  13  points and 11 assists,  and Brewer ended up with 16 points
 with numerous hustle plays in the fourth and overtime.
 
 Nelson had 18 points and eight assists in the losing effort.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 These  teams split  their two meetings last season, each team winning at their
 home  gym. They  meet again  in  Orlando on  April 5th,  2014 ...  Minnesota's
 largest  lead was  17 and Orlando's was  three, which came in the final minute
 before   Love  tied   it  ...  Love  is  the  longest-tenured  member  of  the
 Timberwolves,  entering his  sixth season ... It was the 13th consecutive year
 that Minnesota opened their season at the Target Center.
 
 
 10/31 01:06:35 ET