Oladipo once again played in a reserve role, and entered the game with 6:33 left in the first period. He played both shooting guard and point guard, sharing those duties with Nelson and Moore. Oladipo was aggressive in every way, scoring seven points and handing out two assists early in the game.
A night after struggling to score early in the game in Indiana, Orlando’s offense was on point from the start Wednesday night. The problem, however, was a defense that was carved up to the tune of 59.1 percent early on by Minnesota. The hot shooting allowed the Timberwolves to build a 38-27 lead after one period.
Moore helped to keep the Magic close in the early going by pumping in 10 first-quarter points. He made four of his first six shots, including two long 3-pointers from the wing.
Solomon Jones said despite the result that he was proud of the grit that the youthful Magic showed while playing in two hostile environments on the road.
``This says a lot about us,’’ he said. ``We know that we can compete and we are right there with these teams. We just have to learn from our mistakes. We have 80 more to go and we have to learn from this. Now we have to go home and protect our home court on Friday.’’
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