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Associated Press, Published November 03 2010

NBA: Big first half propels Magic past Wolves, 128-86

ORLANDO, Fla. – Dwight Howard had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots to help the Orlando Magic set a franchise record for most points in the first half in a 128-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Vince Carter had 20 points, Ryan Anderson scored 19 and the Magic shook up the starting lineup to score 78 points in the opening half for an easy win. Orlando started Anderson at power forward, moved Rashard Lewis to small forward and bumped Quentin Richardson out of the starting lineup.

The new-look lineup worked just fine.

Kevin Love had 22 points and Corey Brewer scored 12 for the Timberwolves, who lost on consecutive nights in Florida by 74 points. Minnesota fell by 32 a night earlier in Miami.

Minnesota 18 27 18 23 – 86

Orlando 37 41 24 26 – 128

MINNESOTA (86): Johnson 3-11 2-2 8, Love 8-19 5-6 22, Milicic 0-6 0-0 0, Ridnour 3-4 3-3 9, Brewer 2-7 6-6 12, Pekovic 1-3 2-4 4, Hayward 1-8 2-2 5, Ellington 3-9 1-1 7, Telfair 2-6 2-2 6, Tolliver 1-2 1-2 4, Koufos 2-5 0-0 4, Ager 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 28-84 24-28 86.

ORLANDO (128): Lewis 4-13 2-2 11, Anderson 6-10 3-4 19, Howard 7-13 4-11 18, Nelson 2-9 0-0 4, Carter 7-12 2-4 20, Gortat 6-7 0-0 12, Bass 6-7 7-7 19, Duhon 2-2 0-0 6, Richardson 3-7 1-2 9, Redick 3-9 2-2 10, Pietrus 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-92 21-32 128.

3-Point Goals–Minnesota 6-16 (Brewer 2-2, Tolliver 1-1, Ager 1-1, Hayward 1-2, Love 1-3, Telfair 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Ellington 0-4), Orlando 15-31 (Carter 4-5, Anderson 4-8, Duhon 2-2, Redick 2-3, Richardson 2-5, Lewis 1-3, Pietrus 0-1, Nelson 0-4). Fouled Out–Pekovic. Rebounds–Minnesota 51 (Love 9), Orlando 66 (Howard 16). Assists–Minnesota 11 (Telfair 5), Orlando 27 (Nelson 9). Total Fouls–Minnesota 29, Orlando 26. Technicals–Love, Milicic, Howard. A–18,846 (18,500).