Recap: Magic 102, Timberwolves 93

December 17, 2012

When the Orlando Magic traded for Glen Davis prior to the 2011-12 season, they were hoping to add an aggressive power forward, who would bring immense passion and energy to the game.

While Davis has clearly brought a high level of intensity during his one and a half campaigns with the Magic, his performance on Monday night against the Timberwolves was a perfect reflection of the type of player Orlando hoped he would develop into when they acquired the big man from Boston.

After a tough first half the Magic, Glen Davis put the Magic on his back and led the squad to a thrilling 102-93 triumph at Amway Center.

“Glen just did a great job of coming out in the second half ready to play,” Magic forward Josh McRoberts explained. “He did well for us.”

Davis torched the Timberwolves, scoring 20 of his 28 points after halftime, while going a scorching 10-for-11 from the floor.

“He came out and the emotion was used in a positive nature and his attack to the rim, his defensive energy, grabbing rebounds was great to see,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “It was great to see him make that adjustment at halftime and be able to lead us in the second half.”

Prior to the end of the second quarter, Davis picked up a technical foul for emotionally arguing an offensive foul call. But as Vaughn explained, Big Baby rebounded after the break and went to work against Minnesota.

“The things I got were just open court, running the floor, getting in back of the defense,” Davis said. “It got me going, opened up some shots for me, got me going to the basket. Just playing through despite how the first half went.”

Now the Magic (11-13) hope he can string a few more of these games together as they fight back to a .500 record.

“You know, to get to .500, we have to take one game at a time,” he explained. “We can’t lay back, our tempo has to be up and our motor has to be going to get these games.”

"He's grown as a player. We had over 30 assists tonight as a team and he's done a great job of being able to create shots for himself and for his teammates. Down the stretch we called his number and whether or not he shoots it, it's up to him. But he's been able to create for his teammates and his teammates are ready to receive the basketball and he's improved as a basketball player." - Jacque Vaughn on J.J. Redick's 18-point, seven-assist night.
This Statline of the Night goes to the Orlando Magic's second half. After a rough go at things before halftime, the Magic came out of the break and shot 60 percent from the field, while outrebounding the hard-nosed Timberwolves frontline 23-18.
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