JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Author
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves had a tough time discovering the fuel pedal towards the rugged Orlando Magic.
That they have been nonetheless capable of grind out a win regardless of not enjoying notably properly makes them really feel like they’re beginning to see some progress as they pull themselves out of a 6-18 begin.
Andrew Wiggins scored 27 factors and Ricky Rubio made a profession-excessive six three-pointers to steer the Timberwolves to a 111-one hundred and five victory in extra time on Monday night time.
Karl-Anthony Cities had 23 factors and 12 rebounds, Rubio added 22 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Wiggins pressured extra time with a jumper with 10 seconds to play to assist the Wolves win for the eighth time in eleven video games.
“This recreation we’ll say we didn’t have it one hundred pc, however we nonetheless stored profitable,” stated Rubio, whose Wolves at the moment are 19-29 and three video games out of a playoff spot within the muddled Western Convention. “That’s what’s going to make us have the ability to make a run on the finish to attempt to make the playoffs.”
Elfrid Payton scored 21 factors and Serge Ibaka had 17 factors and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who got here again from 9 factors down with 5 minutes to play to take the lead late in regulation. Evan Fournier scored 9 factors in 23 minutes in his first recreation since Jan. thirteen.
“It’s very irritating,” Payton stated an evening after an enormous win in Toronto. “It’s a troublesome one to absorb.”
Rubio got here into the sport capturing a ghastly 24 % from deep. However he went 6 for 9 on Monday night time, together with three in a row within the third quarter to get the sparse crowd on its ft.
“The man’s a low-proportion three-level shooter. That doesn’t imply you simply stand there and watch him shoot,” Magic coach Frank Vogel stated. “You’ve obtained to protect him.”
Shabazz Muhammad ended the quarter with a shot from halfcourt to provide Minnesota an eighty-seventy nine lead, and the bench scorer put up a three monocle as a swaggered again to the bench.
Aaron Gordon’s three-level play with 50 seconds to go put the Magic up ninety eight-ninety six, however after Wiggins tied it with a troublesome pull-up jumper, Payton missed a stepback three on the buzzer to ship it to extra time.
Cities and Wiggins began the additional interval with dunks and Wiggins additionally blocked a shot by Payton on the rim to assist the Wolves maintain on.
Magic: Orlando deliberate to remain in Minneapolis on the recommendation of the staff sleep specialist and return residence on Tuesday morning. … Gordon performed 28 minutes and scored 12 factors after being…