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5 players ejected as Magic drop Timberwolves


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5 players ejected as Magic drop Timberwolves

HEATED. Magic center Moritz Wagner draws a charging foul against Timberwolves center Naz Reid.

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The Magic survive an ejection-filled game to outlast the Timberwolves

Cole Anthony came off the bench to lead seven Orlando scorers in double-figures with 20 points, and the Magic rode a dominant second half to a 127-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in an ejection-filled game at Minneapolis on Friday, February 3 (Saturday, February 4, Manila time).

The Magic went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter to lead by double digits, a cushion they kept for most of the second half.

The lead swelled to as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter after a melee late in the third period led to the ejection of five players. Jalen Suggs and Mo Bamba were ejected for scuffling with Minnesota’s Austin Rivers, while the Timberwolves’ Taurean Prince and Jaden McDaniels were tossed along with Rivers for their involvement.

Bamba and Suggs were part of the balanced scoring night for the Magic, with Bamba knocking down 3-of-7 from three-point range en route to 11 points and Suggs coming off the bench to notch 10 points.

Suggs was one of five Orlando reserves to score at least 9 points. Along with Anthony’s 20 on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, Moritz Wagner added 19 points, Bol Bol shot 6-for-9 from the field for 14 points and Jonathan Isaac scored nine points.

Anthony also matched Paolo Banchero with a team-leading 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists, matching the game high. Banchero finished with 11 points.

D’Angelo Russell shot 6-for-16 from beyond the arc and led all scorers with 29 points. He grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and added 6 assists.

Anthony Edwards shot just 5-for-15 from the floor as his run of games scoring at least 23 points ended at eight. He finished with 19 on Friday.

Rudy Gobert added 15 points, and Naz Reid scored 10 points off the bench. Luka Garza scored 15 of his 17 points in the final 4:20, leading a late-game rally that pulled the Timberwolves to within six points with 20.2 seconds left before ultimately falling short. –

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