Magic vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – November 1, 2021

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MINNEAPOLIS – – Cole Anthony scored 31 points, a season-high, and Wendell Carter Jr. scored 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic came back from behind to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-97 on Monday night .

Rookie Franz Wagner had 28 points for Orlando, which ended a four-game losing streak, while Minnesota native Jalen Suggs scored 15 points. The Magic were led by 11 at the end of the third quarter before rallying with a solid night from Anthony’s 3-point line.

Anthony shot 8 of 17 from the field, including 6 of 11 3s. Orlando was 24 of 30 on the free throw line, compared to 11 of 19 for the Timberwolves.

“The Day 1 coaches, they put a lot of stress on us as a defensive team,” said Anthony. “I think we did a pretty solid job on them tonight. We all kind of bought into that and it showed up tonight. “

Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, who played the second half without starting point guard D’Angelo Russell with a sprained right ankle. Russell finished with three points and three assists in 17 minutes.

Anthony Edwards added 24 points for Wolves, who have lost three of four.

“We have become too comfortable,” Towns said. “I think when we’re comfortable too it’s just a perfect storm. … It’s kind of one of those things when we let our offense go because of the shots that don’t fall and how good appearances were kind of broke our defensive confidence and just made a few mistakes. Even when they were tough, they pulled off a few hits.

Despite a big disadvantage, Minnesota managed to enter against the Magic. Wolves scored 38 of their points in the paint. Orlando started three players who are 6ft 10in or taller.

But the Wolves often stuck with outside shots and went 14 of 51 (27.5%) beyond the arc.

“We played a really good defense no matter what happened on the field,” said Minnesota coach Chris Finch. “Today we loosened the rope a little bit there and then they got to the point where they apparently did everything they vomited and we didn’t.”

Anthony triggered the comeback late in the third and fourth as Orlando used an 18-3 streak to take an 83-79 lead. Anthony hit three 3s during the race.

Anthony had 14 points in the fourth and Wagner added 10 as the Magic outscored Minnesota 43-19 in the final quarter.

“The guys dug,” Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley said. “We went out at half time and said, ‘You know what? We have to start setting the tone, be more aggressive with basketball. We did a great job sharing the basketball and the guys made some big plays. “

START STRONG

While Orlando have lost six of their first seven games this season, the starting lineup under Anthony has a net score of 21.5, the NBA’s best among squads who have played at least 50 minutes together this season.

Where the Magic have struggled is when they are forced to sit on their bench, especially while they are still awaiting the return of Michael Carter-Williams, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac and E’Twuan. Moore from their respective surgeries.

The Minnesota bench beat Orlando 32-18.

ADVICE

Magic: Gary Harris missed the game with a sprained left ankle. It’s the first game he’s missed due to his injury, but he came out earlier this season with a right thigh injury. … Carter had his fourth double-double in eight games this season. … Suggs, the fifth overall pick in this summer’s draft against Gonzaga, played his first NBA game in Minnesota. He received great applause when he was announced in the starting lineup by a host of friends and family. Suggs was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and won three state championships for the Minnehaha Academy.

Timberwolves: Patrick Beverly was inactive with pain in his left calf, the first game he missed with the injury. … Jaden McDaniels, one of Minnesota’s few great men, started and had three fouls in the first four minutes of the game. He fouled in the fourth with five points in 17 minutes. … Safeguard center Naz Reid scored 10 points off the bench but was limited in the second half with an apparent shoulder injury after taking a forearm from Orlando’s Mo Bamba in the second quarter. … Finch didn’t get an update on Russell after the game.

FOLLOWING

Magic: At home against Boston on Wednesday night.

Timberwolves: Start a home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

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