Just one night after their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, the Orlando Magic trailed from beginning to end in a 90-75 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at the Target Center.
“I'm more disappointed in tonight," Magic guard Arron Afflalo said. "We didn't have the energy level or the effort to win tonight's game.”
Luke Ridnour led Minnesota (3-1) with 19 points and five rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Derrick Williams added 14 points and six rebounds, while Greg Stiemsma (12), Nikola Pekovic (11), and Chase Budinger (10) also finished in double figures.
The Timberwolves held a 38-26 edge on points in the paint. They also outshot the Magic from the field (44.7% to 35.0%) as well as from downtown (35.0% to 25.0%).
The Magic outscored Minnesota in just one quarter, beating the hosts 22-13 in the second quarter. The Timberwolves outscored Orlando 25-12 in the opening period, 30-21 in the third, and 22-20 in the fourth.
“I wish the rim would've opened up and that ball would've slid through it," Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn deadpanned. "That always helps.”
Orlando welcomes Brooklyn to town on Friday, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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