Kevin Matin and Nikola Pekovic each hit three-pointers giving the Timberwolves a 113-107 lead with 2:36 in overtime. The Orlando Magic fell behind and couldn’t overcome the deficit. Love finished the game with 31 points, 17 rebounds and four assists.
The Orlando Magic trailed by as many as 17 points early in the game but managed to get back in the game in the fourth quarter.
The Magic had solid performances from several players. Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 28 points while Nikola Vucevic finished the night with 22 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Jameer Nelson contributed 18 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn created some energy in the second half of the game by putting Nelson, Afflalo and Victor Oladipo together on the floor. Oladipo finished the night with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Off the bench, Andrew Nicholson added 13 points and E’Twaun Moore added 10 points.
One of the points of emphasis for the Magic this year is getting to the free throw line. Wednesday night, they got to the free throw line 18 times but only scored 11 of those times. Those missed free throws could’ve helped them at the end of the game.
As the Magic continue with the rebuilding process they will take this game as a great learning experience.
Up next, the Magic will host the New Orleans Pelicans for the season home opener at the Amway Center. The match is set to tip-off Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.