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NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Minnesota



(Wednesday, October 30th)

Final Score: Minnesota 120, Orlando 115 (OT)

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love had a monster game with 31 points and 17 rebounds, including a late 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime, and the Minnesota Timberwolves came through with a 120-115 victory over the Orlando Magic at Target Center.

Kevin Martin scored seven of his 23 points in the extra stanza to help the Timberwolves win their season opener.

With Minnesota down 103-100 with 12.5 seconds left in regulation, Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman called a sideline out-of-bounds play for Love, who came off a pick from Nikola Pekovic and buried the three to tie the game.

"Kevin made a big shot to take it into overtime and then in overtime I thought we did a good job of defending them," Adelman said. "Let's take the win. We just need to learn from it."

Orlando's Arron Afflalo had a team-high 28 points and Nikola Vucevic recorded his first double-double of 2013-14 with 22 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

"Tonight we fought. We got back in the game and got a lead," Vucevic said. "I just wanted to play my game. I just wanted to do well."

Afflalo had the opportunity to end it in regulation, but his turn-around jumper was contested by Corey Brewer and hit the front of the rim as time expired.

In overtime, with the game tied at 105, Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio and Pekovic ran a textbook pick-and-roll play when the Montenegrin hit the layup and was fouled in the process. He connected the free throw for the old fashioned three-point play.

Orlando's Solomon Jones hit a baseline jumper the following possession down the floor for the Magic, and Martin answered right back for Minnesota with a fade-away floater, got fouled, and hit the free throw to extend the lead to 111-107.

After a Rubio block on Jameer Nelson, Love hit a cutting Pekovic for the bucket to extend the lead to six with just two minutes to play.

Afflalo hit two free throws and Martin hit an open jumper from the wing with a minute remaining to seal it for the Twin City faithful.

Orlando came out sluggish to start the game, trailing 38-27 after the first quarter, a night after taking a hard fought loss to Indiana in their season- opener. Minnesota came out firing on all cylinders, shooting 13-of-22 (59 percent) from the field in the first frame, led by reserve guard J.J. Barea, who had 9 points off the bench. He finished with 11 points and three assists.

The Magic chipped away in the final three quarters, winning each and ultimately forcing Minnesota, and Love, into the pressure shot at the end.

Every starter for Minnesota ended in double figures. Rubio finished with a double-double, 13 points and 11 assists, and Brewer ended up with 16 points with numerous hustle plays in the fourth and overtime.

Nelson had 18 points and eight assists in the losing effort.

Game Notes

These teams split their two meetings last season, each team winning at their home gym. They meet again in Orlando on April 5th, 2014 ... Minnesota's largest lead was 17 and Orlando's was three, which came in the final minute before Love tied it ... Love is the longest-tenured member of the Timberwolves, entering his sixth season ... It was the 13th consecutive year that Minnesota opened their season at the Target Center.

10/31 01:06:13 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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