Afflalo ran the clock down at the end of regulation, but missed a baseline jumper over Corey Brewer to send the two teams into overtime. Brewer admitted to Afflalo afterward that he fouled the Magic guard on the elbow on the shot, but Afflalo said that the tap had no bearing on the sequence.
``That’s just a routine fade-away that I usually make. I didn’t feel any pressure or anything, but I just left it short,’’ Afflalo said. ``I’m more upset about the three that (Love) got off because we should have had more communication and not been in that position.’’
In the extra period, Minnesota (1-0) executed its offense better and got the lead thanks to a three-point play from Kevin Martin. Orlando fell behind by as much as six points in the extra period and never could recover.
Still, Vaughn was encouraged by what he saw in the difficult back-to-back and he attempted to lift the spirits of his team by promising them that better days are ahead.
``There were a lot of good things from us on the road,’’ Vaughn said. ``I’m going to keep believing in them two games into the year. I told our guys, `Keep believing how good that we are.’ We’re a good team, facing two opponents with their home-openers. We had a two-point game in Indiana going into the fourth quarter and we came here tonight with a chance to win.’’
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