The Orlando Magic fought hard on its 2nd game of a back-to-back, but came up short and lost in overtime 120-115 to drop to 0-2 on the young season.
The Magic struggled throughout the game to contain the Minnesota Timberwolves on the defensive end of the court. Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love dominated by scoring 31 points and grabbing 17 rebounds to pave the way to victory.
Love even hit the 3-point shot to send the game into overtime.
One of the keys to the victory for T’Wolves was the ability of the players to get to the free throw line and make three throws as the they shot 82.4 percent on 34 free throw attempts. The Magic, on the other hand, struggled to get to the free throw line and when they did get to the line, struggled to convert from the charity strike as they shot 61.1 percent on just 19 free throw attempts.
The Magic once again struggled in the 1st quarter.
We saw this in the preseason too, #Magic struggling in first quarters. Starters have put team in big hole first two times out.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) October 31, 2013
Despite the Magic’s struggles defensively, the young Magic men kept fighting throughout the game. Arron Afflalo led the way offensively for the Magic scoring 28 points and shot 50 percent from the field. Magic big man Nikola Vucevic also had a monster game for the Magic and had a double-double performance scoring 22 points and grabbing 16 rebound.
Andrew Nicholson and Victor Oladipo brought the spark off the bench for the 2nd consecutive games accounting for 13 and 14 points respectively.
Without Tobias Harris in the lineup, the Magic will have a hard time generating that extra bit of offense that every successful team must possess in order to win close games.
The Orlando Magic will make its home court debut on Friday at 7 p.m. against the New Orleans Pelicans.