KG dominates as T-Wolves cool off Magic
Garnett had a huge game, with 27 pts, 19 rebs and 6 assists. Ricky Davis scored 26 pts along with 10 assists, Mark Blount 14 pts, and rookie Rashad McCants 13 pts. For the Magic, six players scored in double figures, led by DHoward (15 pts 12 rebs) and HTurkoglu (15 pts). TBattie added 14 pts, Darko 12 pts, and CArroyo and DStevenson with 10 apiece. The two pt guards, Nelson and Arroyo, combined to score just 16 pts on 5 of 13 shooting after combining for 37 against the Bulls. However, both combined for 10 assists to just 1 TO; the points just weren't there for them.
MIN outscored the Magic 87-73 from the field on solid 55.3% shooting. The Magic shot 47.3%. The Magic were mediocre from the line, shooting just 60% (18 of 30). MIN shot 72.7% from the line (16 of 22). Rebounds were nearly even as Magic had one more rebound 37-36. TOs were even at 14, but MIN passed the ball well with 27 assists, compared to 21 for the Magic. The Magic bench outscored the T-Wolves bench 31-15.
With the Sixers loss tonight, the Magic would have pulled to within 4 games of the last playoff spot with a win. Maybe fatigue was a factor, judging from their second half performance and poor FT %. Magic have to get ready for a tough home game FRI against DAL.