The Minnesota Timberwolves had won five games at home, but couldn't take the first game on the road in a stretch of seven out of nine games away from home as they lost to the Orlando Magic 108-102.
1. The biggest story from this game was not the game itself but rather the scuffle during the second quarter. While looking for a rebound, the Wolves' Nemanja Bjelica pushed Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic. Afflalo didn't take kindly to this, and he took a wild swing at Bjelica. Bjelica dodged that hit, and he quickly corralled Afflalo in a headlock, keeping it from escalating further. All players on the court surrounded the players until they were separated by their teammates and officials. Both players were ejected.
2. Fouls were a big reason why the Wolves lost this game. The Wolves fouled the Magic 21 times, and sent them to the line 19 times, and they converted 17 times. On the flip side, the Wolves went to the line only 10 times, down from their 20+ attempts per game. If the Wolves would have gone to the line 20 times and if they would have held the Magic to fewer free throws, the Wolves would've left Orlando with a victory.
3. The final reason the Wolves lost was their poor performance from the field. The Wolves shot a good percentage from three, 43.8 percent or 7-16, but they shot only .1 percent better from the field shooting 43.9 percent. Andrew Wiggins was 4-12, Karl-Anthony Towns went 6-13, Jeff Teague shot 6-17, and Jimmy Butler was 11-22, while Gorgui Dieng and Jamal Crawford shot 2-6 and 3-8.
Bonus Negative: Rebounding. The Wolves were out-rebounded 51-37. 15-11 offensive, and 36-26 defensively.
1. Despite the poor overall shooting, the shooting from three was solid. 7-16 from beyond the arc was good for 43.8 percent which for this team, is a great percentage. Butler was 2-5, Towns hit his one three, Teague went 1-3, and Dieng and Crawford were 1-1 and 2-3.
2. Butler had a solid game as he scored 28 points, notched five steals, with seven rebounds and four assists.
3. Karl-Anthony Towns would also put up another solid performance, as he notched another double-double, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds. He also added three blocks.
The Wolves have another big test on Thursday night, as they play the second-seeded Rockets at 8:30 in Houston.