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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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Reserves were filling the roles usually played by Love, Martin and Pekovic. The result was an 0-for-6 stretch that allowed Orlando to go on a 10-1 run and put the game away.

"We're playing combinations that haven't played before and you get to the fourth quarter and things really start affecting you," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. "Guys played hard, but we just couldn't finish it."

Dante Cunningham, who missed one game after being arrested for domestic assault, rejoined the Timberwolves and scored 12 points.

"When you play with guys like Kevin Love or Kevin Martin, you know where they like to play," Rubio said. "When you're playing with new guys, you have to figure it out. We just ran out of energy. We have to fight through it."

The Magic rallied from 12 points down with five minutes to go in the third quarter.

The combination of sloppy ball handling by the Magic and Rubio having his way against a porous Magic defense allowed the Timberwolves to push a 48-46 halftime lead up to 13 points in the third quarter.

When Rubio went to the bench, Minnesota's offensive rhythm went with him.

Oladipo and Harris took advantage, helping the Magic close the gap to 77-72 by the end of the third quarter and open the final period with an 8-2 run. A steal and jam by Harris gave Orlando an 80-79 advantage with 8:38 left.

Minnesota reclaimed the lead with another drive through the lane by Rubio giving the Timberwolves an 89-88 lead with 4:26 left in the game.

Oladipo drilled another 3 to start Orlando on the clinching 10-1 run.

NOTES: Timberwolves starters F Kevin Love (back spasms), C Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and SG Kevin Martin (foot) sat out as did backup F Shabazz Muhammad (knee). . Magic C Nikola Vucevic (sore Achilles) missed his 20th game this season because of injury. Dewayne Dedmon got the first start of his career as Vucevic's replacement. . Minnesota is 17-13 against the East this season. . Orlando improved to 6-28 in back-to-back games this season. Five of the six wins came in the second game. . Minnesota has lost six straight at Orlando.