No Magic Found Against Timberwolves

The Orlando Magic were in search of their 50th victory of the season, but left the Amway Arena with a 102-101 defeat at the hands of the hapless Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Orlando Magic laid another egg Friday night as they fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-101. Orlando has lost to two of the NBA's worst clubs (New York and Minnesota) in the past week.

What went wrong:
1. Shooting down the stretch- Orlando blew a nine point lead with 3:38 left in the game as they went 1-7 down the stretch and scored just two points. Hedo Turkoglu accounted for 5 of the team's 6 missed shots to close out the game including an airball on a would-be game winning 25-foot shot as time expired.

2. Free throw shooting- The charity stripe was once again an Achilles heel for the Magic as they hit on just 11 of 20 attempts, for 55%. The nine points that they left on the line certainly helped account for a loss at home to one of the worst teams in the entire NBA.

3. Three-point defense- Minnesota had plenty of open looks from behind the arc and they buried 9 of their 16 attempts for 56.3%. Rashard McCants buried 5 of 6 three-point shots.

4. Rebounding- Orlando was outworked on the glass yet again, as the Timberwolves grabbed 46 boards to Orlando's 37. Al Jefferson led the Wolves with 11 rebounds.

5. Lack of energy and a lack of urgency- Although the game was meaningless in the grand scheme of things for both clubs, Orlando looked disinterested at the end of the game and refused to play defense. There's no reason that a team of Orlando's caliber should lose to a talent-deprived group like the Timberwolves, and especially not after leading by 9 points with under 4 minutes left.

What went right:
1. Solid three-point shooting- The Magic connected on 12 of their 28 long distance attempts for 42.9%. Orlando was led by Rashard Lewis who hit 4 from behind the arc.

2. Good game by Mo- Maurice Evans played a solid game, as he scored 17 points, while hitting on 7 of his 9 attempts from the field, including 3 of 5 from three-point range.

3. Howard was solid- Dwight outplayed his good friend Al Jefferson, as Howard finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

4. Turkoglu through three and a half quarters- Hedo Turkoglu finished with a fine statistical game, as he scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds before taking the game over in a negative way down the stretch.