NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Orlando
(Monday, December 17th)
Final Score: Orlando 102, Minnesota 93
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Glen Davis poured in a game-high 28 points to
lead the Orlando Magic to a 102-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Davis scored 20 of those points in the second half and went 10-for-11 from the
field over the final 24 minutes.
J.J. Redick had 18 points and seven assists off the bench and Nikola Vucevic
notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards for the Magic, who have
won three straight games for the first time this season. Arron Afflalo added
13 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win.
"I think that we are building confidence with each win. Confidence always
confidence," Afflalo said. "The better you play as a team, the more you
believe in your ability as a team. I get the feeling that when we step on the
court we expect to win, and this is how it should be."
Kevin Love led six Timberwolves players in double figures with 23 points and
also pulled down 15 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds
while Andrei Kirilenko added 13 points and six assists for Minnesota, which
had a four-game winning streak snapped.
"We just couldn't come through in the end," Love said. "When they get
confidence, especially down the stretch of the game, it is hard to stop. It
was definitely a tale of two halves."
Luke Ridnour had 11 points while J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham each netted
10 in the setback.
The Wolves led 85-83 with 6 1/2 minutes left, but a Redick layup sparked an
11-2 run to put Orlando ahead 94-87. A short Love hook and a Kirilenko dunk
cut the deficit to 94-91 with just under three minutes left. The Magic scored
the next eight points for a 102-91 lead and a Barea layup accounted for the
Minnesota led 28-17 following a Love hook shot with just under three minutes
to go in the first, but a 10-1 Orlando run pulled the Magic within 29-27 after
the first 12 minutes.
The teams traded blows over the early parts of the second, but a small 7-2
burst from the Wolves made it a 41-35 game. The Magic countered with a 7-0
push to take their first lead since the 11:35 mark in the first, but Minnesota
closed the half on a 20-7 run to go up 61-49 at the break.
Ridnour's 3-pointer with just over four minutes played in the third put the
Wolves up 68-53, but Orlando used a 21-6 run to knot the game at 74.
Cunningham, though, scored the final four points of the quarter to give
Minnesota a 78-74 lead entering the final frame.
Orlando shot 53.7 percent (44-for-82) from the field and held the Wolves to
just 40.6 percent (39-for-96) shooting ... Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio
didn't score, but had four assists in just under 16 1/2 minutes. Rubio will
not play Tuesday in Miami to rest his surgically repaired knee.
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