Playing against one of the league's young dynamic teams, the Orlando Magic pulled out a 102-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Amway Center on Monday night. With Dwight Howard in foul trouble for much of the game, Stan Van Gundy's club spread the wealth around on the offensive end and picked up the All-Star center. All five Magic starters finished in double figures in addition J.J. Redick off the bench.
Jason Richardson, who's in the middle of his best stretch of the season, led the Magic with 17 points. Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson, and Redick all finished with 14 points each. Howard had just 11 points and seven boards, hampered by the foul issues against Minnesota's front line.
The young stars of Minnesota were productive but could not match the offensive team effort of Orlando. Kevin Love finished with yet another double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 boards. The rookie sensation Ricky Rubio did not have his best game, turning it over five times against Jameer Nelson but he still finished with eight assists. But Minny couldn't hit anything from outside and Orlando cruised to the comfortable win.
The Magic now host another young and exciting team on Wednesday, as the Philadelphia 76ers, run-away leaders of the Atlantic Division, visit the Amway Center.
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