By John Denton
MINNEAPOLIS – Forced to open the regular season with a difficult back-to-back set of games on the road, the Orlando Magic showed the resolve of a tough-minded team on Wednesday and refused to cave in most of the night to a challenging set of circumstances.
After surging into the lead late in an emotion-packed fourth quarter, the Magic succumbed to a game-tying 3-pointer from Kevin Love in the final seconds of regulation and couldn’t keep pace with a vastly improved Minnesota Timberwolves team in overtime for a frustrating defeat.
Following the 120-115 overtime loss to Minnesota (1-0), the Magic (0-2) were left to deal with the frustration of seeing two games slip away from them in as many nights. But this one – a game Orlando was 12 seconds from winning – hurt the most of all.
``It’s just a little disappointing. Forget (the missed chance to win at the end of regulation) of the three (by Love), it’s just disappointing to have the game in hand with 12 seconds left, needing one stop, and not walk out with a victory,’’ said Magic guard Arron Afflalo, who couldn’t convert a baseline shot in the final seconds of regulation.
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