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Afflalo helps rally Magic past Timberwolves 100-92

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In a season-long search for success, the Orlando Magic found a few things to celebrate in their victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves.

Arron Afflalo broke out of a six-game shooting slump and Kyle O'Quinn rebounded from a dreadful game the night before to help the Magic rally from a 13-point second-half deficit and defeat the Timberwolves 100-92 Saturday night.

Afflalo, who hadn't scored in double figures his last three games and was 14 of 47 (29 percent) from the field in his last five, hit 8 of 15 from the field and scored 18 points against Minnesota, which played without injured starters Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic and lost replacement starter Chase Budinger in the first minute of the game with an ankle injury.

O'Quinn, who was just 5 of 20 and got exploited by Al Jefferson in a loss to Charlotte Friday night, came back with 14 points and 13 rebounds against the Timberwolves.

Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless added 17 points apiece for the Magic. Rookie Victor Oladipo contributed 16 points and six assists, plus good defense in the fourth quarter against Timberwolves playmaker Ricky Rubio to help Orlando end a three-game losing streak.

Orlando shot 60.5 percent in the second half and pounded the Timberwolves on the boards, 40-30.

"There were a lot of good story lines from this game," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "We got a lot of contributions all across the board. We had 29 assists, hit the open guy and trusted the consequences of whatever came from it."

O'Quinn's performance was important because the Magic had their own injury problem with starting center Nikola Vucevic missing a second straight game with a sore Achilles tendon. His replacement, Dewayne Dedmon, scored on his first shot of the game, but didn't make another shot and played only 14 minutes.

That put the onus on O'Quinn to control the inside and he responded with one of the best games of his career.

"Last night was a rough night for me," O'Quinn said. "There were points where I could have made a shot and turned things around, but we lost so I had to bounce back. You have to have a short memory, but we stuck together and got the result we wanted."

Minnesota got 18 points and 10 assists from Rubio, but he couldn't find many familiar faces in the lineup with him when the game went down to the final four minutes with the Timberwolves trying to hold on to an 89-88 lead.

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