For a second night in a row the Magic were bedeviled by buzzer-beaters at the end of a period. Paul George’s 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter was the turning point on Tuesday night in Indiana. On Wednesday, it happened twice again to the Magic. Minnesota’s Dante Cunningham soared to tip in a basket with one-tenth of a second remaining to give the Wolves a 60-52 lead at intermission. And Love closed the third quarter by following up a J.J. Barea miss with a layup at the end of the third period.

Orlando got within one point of the lead three times in the third period, but they couldn’t overtake the Wolves. Minnesota led 89-82 through three quarters thanks to 24 points and 14 boards from Love.

The Magic stayed close early on by getting offensive production from all over the roster. Andrew Nicholson and Moore each had 10 points in the first half, while Vucevic and Afflalo each chipped in eight points in the first two quarters.

Getting stops on defense proved to be a chore for the Magic. Not only did Minnesota make 46 percent of its shots and hit four threes in the first half, but the Magic also put the Wolves on the free throw line 15 times (with 14 makes) in the first half. Love didn’t shoot the ball well, but got to the free throw eight times (with seven makes).



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