Denton: Magic vs. Timberwolves Analysis (10/30/13)


``It’s hurts even more when you feel like you’ve got the game won and all that we’ve been through last season and trying to do better this season,’’ Afflalo continued. ``We’ve got to start capitalizing on these types of games.’’

Down as much as 17 points early in the night, the Magic rode the clutch shot-making abilities of veterans Jameer Nelson and Afflalo, the inside toughness of Nikola Vucevic and the clutch free-throw shooting of rookie Victor Oladipo to take a 103-100 lead late in regulation.

But Love drilled a clutch 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds remaining to knot the game and knot the stomachs of a Magic team looking for what would have been a very impressive win. Minnesota used what is commonly referred to as a ``pinch play’’ where Love slipped through two teammates, who pinched down and kept the Magic from getting a good contest on the clutch shot.

``We were not planning to foul, but I am going to be careful with my words and say those were great screens by Minnesota. A big-time player made a big-time shot,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.



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