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8-15 FG | 1-4 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | -5
After a poor performance against the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday, in which Afflalo seemed to disappear at times, the Magic made a concerted effort to get him involved early and often offensively versus the Timberwolves. And it worked. Afflalo settled into a nice groove on offense in the first quarter and scored 10 points in the period, which jumpstarted his night.
7-9 FG | 3-3 3P | 4 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -15
Comfortable. That’s the first word that comes to mind when Harkless had the ball in his hands against Minnesota. He knew what he wanted to do offensively, and he went out there and did it. There was no second-guessing involved. That has almost everything to do with Harkless’ confidence. He’s confident in his ability to score, especially from beyond the arc.
7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 STL | 6 REB | 17 PTS | +26
Just when it seemed like the Timberwolves was going to run away with the game in the third quarter, thanks to a 17-6 run that ballooned their lead to 13, the Magic responded by going on runs of 11-1, 14-4, and 10-1 in the third and fourth quarters. Harris was a big part of those scoring surges (and Victor Oladipo too for that matter).
6-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 BLK | 13 REB | 14 PTS | -6
With Nikola Vucevic sitting out his second straight game with a strained left achilles, Kyle O’Quinn took over his duties as the double-double guy. The points and rebounds were nice, but what was more impressive was O’Quinn’s four blocks. He’s by far the Magic’s best shot blocker and it’s easy to see why. He has great timing and he uses his length effectively.
Minnesota was without Kevin Love (back), Nikola Pekovic (ankle), Kevin Martin (foot), and Shabazz Muhammad (knee). To add insult to injury, Chase Budinger sprained his right ankle in the game’s opening minutes. It’s a minor miracle that the Timberwolves, playing on a road back-to-back no less, were able to lead for most of the night until the Magic finally got their act together in the second half.