Davis scores 28, leads Magic to win
- Associated Press
- December 17, 2012 - 9:01 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. - Glen Davis scored 28 points and J.J. Redick had 18 points and seven assists as the Orlando Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-93 on Monday night.
The Magic won their third straight game and stopped the Timberwolves' four-game winning streak. Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double, and Arron Afflalo scored 13 points.
Kevin Love led Minnesota with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led by 15 points in the middle of the third quarter, but couldn't hang on.
The Magic rallied behind a stellar second half defensive effort, limiting Minnesota to just 31.9 percent shooting (15 of 47) after the Timberwolves' big men dominated inside in the first half.
Love, Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko had 43 points and 18 rebounds as Minnesota bullied its way to a 61-49 halftime advantage, but the Wolves big men were a combined 6 for 22 in the second half.
Minnesota led 87-85 with six minutes left in the game when Afflalo hit a 3-pointer to start a 9-0 run by Orlando. Vucevic finished the run with a layup that made it 94-87 with 3:23 left in the game.
Love scored on a hook shot and Kirilenko had a dunk to make it 94-91 with 2:53 left in the game, but Davis scored six straight points and Redick hit a layup that gave Orlando a 102-91 lead with 44 seconds left.
Minnesota's big men had 20 points in the paint in the first 10 minutes of the game, helping the Timberwolves jump out to a 28-17 lead. Pekovic led the way with 11 points and six rebounds, four of them at the offensive end.
The Magic, however, closed the period with a 10-1 run and trailed only 29-27. Orlando got 10 points from Vucevic and six from Redick to keep close.
The Timberwolves were even better at the end of the second period, going on a 20-7 run to build a 61-49 halftime advantage. Pekovic, Love and Kirilenko were the stars again, accounting for all 20 points.
Minnesota was up 68-53 and cruising in the middle of the third period when the Timberwolves suddenly went cold and Davis got on a roll. The Magic forward hit six straight shots, three of them dunks to get his team in striking range.
The Magic tied the game at 74 on E'Twaun Moore's 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in the quarter, but Wolves reserve Dante Cunningham stopped the rally with two baskets to give his team a 78-74 lead.
NOTES: When Davis received a technical foul in the second quarter, it was only the second technical on the Magic all season. . Pekovic is averaging 23.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in his last four games. . The Magic are 8-1 in games in which they score 100 points or more. . Minnesota G Ricky Rubio wasn't much of a factor in his second game back from a knee injury. Rubio missed all three shots he took, but did get four assists in 16 minutes.
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