Evan Fournier scored 26 points and dished out 3 assists as the Orlando Magic past Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101 in overtime.
In the first half of action, it appears that the Timberwolves is controlling the game as they scored 52 against the Magic’s 38. Nicola Vucevic had a poor shooting night as he only converted 4 field-goals out of 13 attempts. Coach Scott Skiles made an adjustment in the second half and replaced Vucevic with a long-time NBA veteran Jason Smith. Smith contributed 5 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and provided the needed energy to his teammates.
“I’m not trying to send messages,” Skiles said. “I mean, I get a fairly sizable check every two weeks to win games. That’s what I’m trying to do. I felt like we got some good energy out of (backups).”
Minnesota’s top picks Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves in scoring with 28 points and 21 points respectively. Towns made a key block against Tobias Harris that sent the game into overtime but Evan Fournier‘s hot shooting from beyond the arc made the difference.
“It’s tough when you’re relying on young guys, but they’re growing up fast,” Mitchell said. “They’re playing in every situation and to their credit, they responded.”