Terrence Ross, Aaron Gordon Lead Magic Over Timberwolves, 136-125

Terrence Ross, Aaron Gordon Lead Magic Over Timberwolves, 136-125

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 19 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and Aaron Gordon finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists for his first career triple-double, leading the Orlando Magic to a 136-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Nikola Vucevic added 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who won for the fifth time in six games.

D’Angelo Russell led Minnesota with 28 points, but did not score in the fourth quarter. Juancho Hernangomez added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Timberwolves have lost 19 of their last 21 games, and 11 of their last 12 in Orlando.

The 136 points marked a season-high for the Magic, the second-lowest scoring team in the NBA. They shot 54% and had a 54-33 rebounding advantage.

After falling behind by as many as 13 points in the first half, Minnesota rallied behind Russell and Malik Beasley, taking a six-point lead on a 3-pointer by Russell from the corner with 5:23 left in the third quarter.

Orlando regained the lead on a 3-pointer by D.J. Augustin and finished the period strong, without any starters on the floor.

Ross scored the Magic’s first 10 points of the fourth quarter, connecting on two straight 3s to push Orlando’s lead back to 10 with 9:31 remaining.

A layup by Augustin gave the Magic their biggest lead, 117-103, with 8:08 left.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: C Karl-Anthony Towns missed a fourth game with a left wrist injury. … G Allen Crabbe remained away from the team on a personal matter. … Minnesota has played 11 of its last 15 on the road.

Magic: C Mo Bamba got eight rebounds, but fouled out in 13 minutes. … Gordon had five rebounds and five assists in the first quarter.

FIVE-POINT PLAY

The Timberwolves had a five-point play in the second quarter. After fouling Josh Okogie, the Magic’s Evan Fournier drew a technical from referee Josh Tiven for protesting the call. When Okogie missed the third of his three foul shots, Jordan McLaughlin got the ball and hit a 3-pointer.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Dallas on Sunday.

Magic: At San Antonio on Saturday.

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Published at Sat, 29 Feb 2020 03:32:50 +0000