There’s not a lot that needs to be said about the Orlando Magic‘s tour de force against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, in which the men in blue set a franchise record by scoring 78 points in the first half and then winning the game by a margin of 42 points. Still, it’s worth noting how the Magic were able to come away with a first round knockout (Mike Tyson reference) against the Timberwolves.
Look no further than one of Orlando’s favorite plays in the playbook — the pick and roll.
Every team in the NBA run pick and rolls with regularity but for the Magic, it’s one of the staples of their offensive scheme. For Minnesota, they found out the hard way in the first quarter. Orlando was ruthless in the pick and roll (especially off-the-ball), and it helped spark excellent performances offensively from Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson, and others.
Take a look.