FINAL: ORLANDO MAGIC 108, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 99


GameNight Specifics
NBA Coverage: Game Info
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Radio: AM 580 WDBO, AM 1270 WRLZ
Television: FS Florida



PROJECTED MATCHUPS

LINEUPS MAY CHANGE BY GAME TIME


TEAM
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
R
R
MAGIC
Jameer Nelson

Jason Richardson

Dwight Howard

Brandon Bass

Hedo Turkoglu

Gilbert Arenas

J.J. Redick
WOLVES
Luke Ridnour

Wesley Johnson

Darko Milicic

Kevin Love

Corey Brewer

Wayne Ellington

Jonny Flynn





















GAME RECAP


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jason Richardson scored 21 points and Ryan Anderson added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Orlando Magic to a 108-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and nine rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 21 for the Magic, who ended a two-game skid and have now won 10 of their last 12.

Corey Brewer had 23 points and five steals and Kevin Love had 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who committed 12 turnovers in the second half to give away a 15-point lead.

The Magic (26-14) are 10-4 since a blockbuster trade last month that brought Hedo Turkoglu, Gilbert Arenas and Richardson to Orlando and have leapfrogged Atlanta for second place in the Southeast Division.

Luke Ridnour had 19 points and six assists for the Wolves, who were without Michael Beasley for the second straight game because of a sprained left ankle. They led by 15 points in the first quarter, but didn't have the offensive firepower to compete with the sharpshooting Magic once they got going.

After two losses in a row, the Magic came out flat against the charged-up Timberwolves, shooting 39 percent in the first half to fall behind by seven points. The shots started falling in the third quarter, though. Richardson scored 13 points and hit three of Orlando's five 3-pointers in the period to help the Magic take control.

The Timberwolves committed only six turnovers in the first half, but dumped the ball a staggering nine times in the third quarter. They kept it close the rest of the way, but the Magic kept answering to hold them off.

It's hard to imagine two better rebounders in the league than Howard and Love, and they couldn't be more different in their approaches to dominating the glass.

Howard is the chiseled freak of nature, with bowling balls for shoulders and trampolines for calf muscles. The former slam dunk champion takes over games with unbridled ahtleticism and sheer power that is simply too much for most in the league to handle.

That includes both Wolves centers. Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic both fouled out in a combined 38 minutes.

Love, meanwhile, has a doughy physique and the same vertical leap as the janitor who plays in your weekend pickup game. But his anticipation, positioning and relentlessness is without peer. He leads the NBA with 36 double-doubles and has six 20-20 games this year. Howard led the NBA in that category last year - with three.

Love had six rebounds in the first four minutes, an incredible start that helped Minnesota take a 15-point lead late in the first period.

But Magic coach Stan Van Gundy made a savvy substitution, inserting Anderson the floor-spreader at power forward to draw Love away from the basket.

Love finally got his double-double on a tip-in with 7:10 to play, but he had to work harder than he has all season to get there. Ridnour followed with a 3-pointer to cut Orlando's lead to six points, but Redick came right back with a four-point play to keep the Wolves at bay.

Notes: The lights went out in the arena at the start of the fourth quarter, causing a brief stoppage. ... Beasley is considered day-to-day with his ankle. He could make his return when the Wolves play at Portland on Monday. ... Milicic finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks.





DENTON'S ANALYSIS AT TIMBERWOLVES


MINNEAPOLIS – Facing the monumental task of trying to slow down the double-double machine that is Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Orlando Magic reserve power forward Ryan Anderson went back to school Saturday night and did his homework as well.

A collegiate product of Cal, Anderson has a history of battling Love, who starred in college at Pac-10 rival UCLA. So on Saturday when Anderson starred down Love, the NBA’s leader in rebounding and double-doubles, he knew he would have to remain active offensively to pull Love away from the rim and fight him in the post.

Anderson’s work on Love and some clutch shooting from Jason Richardson and J.J. Redick were big reasons why the sluggish Magic were able to dig their way out of an early 15-point hole and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-99 at the Target Center.

Anderson registered his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Spearheading the Magic’s second-unit, he keyed an Orlando rally in the second period and his group finished off a 33-18 third period that vaulted Orlando into the lead. And most importantly, Anderson held Love to just 11 points on five of 12 shooting and 15 rebounds. Also, Love did not make a 3-pointer after entering the game with 59 on the season.

``Obviously (Love) is a lot better now than he was at college and it’s hard to compare college to the NBA, but one thing that I remembered from college and tried to take into mind was to control the boards against him and not get wedged under the rim,’’ Anderson said. ``He’s pretty hard to completely stop from having a good game, but I think we all as a team did a pretty good job of keeping him off the offensive glass.’’

The Magic (26-14) snapped a two-game losing streak that came on the heels of a franchise-record-tying nine-game win streak. The Magic are now 10-4 since the Dec. 18 trades that brought them Hedo Turkoglu, Gilbert Arenas, Earl Clark and Richardson.

Redick scored 21 points off the bench, none bigger than a four-point play with 5:58 to play where he had the breath knocked out of him by two colliding Minnesota defenders. Richardson had another 21 points and three 3-pointers, continuing what’s been a great three-game roadtrip for him personally. Franchise center Dwight Howard added 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

``J.J. has been playing well. He’s always ready to play and so is Jason Richardson,’’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. ``Those guys always play hard. You can count of their energy.’’

Here’s a look back at what went right, what went wrong and some final observations from Saturday night’s somewhat strange, inconsistent game in frigid Minneapolis:

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