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Associated Press, Published December 17 2012

Orlando rallies past streaking Timberwolves

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 29 32 17 15 – 93

Orlando 27 22 25 28 – 102

MINNESOTA (93): Kirilenko 5-13 3-4 13, Love 10-20 1-2 23, Pekovic 8-18 3-5 19, Ridnour 4-7 1-1 11, Shved 1-8 0-0 3, Rubio 0-3 0-0 0, Barea 4-13 0-0 10, Cunningham 5-10 0-0 10, Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Stiemsma 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-96 8-12 93.

ORLANDO (102): Harkless 2-3 0-0 5, Davis 13-17 2-2 28, Vucevic 7-13 0-0 14, Nelson 2-11 2-2 6, Afflalo 5-11 1-1 13, Redick 8-12 0-0 18, Ayon 3-3 3-3 9, McRoberts 2-5 0-0 4, Moore 1-3 0-0 3, Nicholson 0-3 0-0 0, O’Quinn 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 44-82 8-8 102.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 7-25 (Ridnour 2-3, Barea 2-5, Love 2-6, Shved 1-6, Rubio 0-1, Williams 0-1, Kirilenko 0-3), Orlando 6-14 (Afflalo 2-2, Redick 2-4, Harkless 1-1, Moore 1-2, McRoberts 0-2, Nelson 0-3). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 52 (Love 15), Orlando 47 (Vucevic 11). Assists: Minnesota 25 (Kirilenko, Barea 6), Orlando 31 (Nelson 12). Total Fouls: Minnesota 15, Orlando 22. Technicals: Davis. A: 16,992 (18,500).