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Minnesota 128, Orlando 96
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, May 9, 2021
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Officials: #43 Matt Myers, #33 Sean Corbin, #32 Marat Kogut
Attendance: 4086

Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell each had 27 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-96 blowout win over the host Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

The Timberwolves (21-47) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 7-5 over their past 12 games. The Magic (21-47) dropped their third in a row in their home finale and went 11-25 in Orlando this season.

Minnesota had won just one of its previous 12 games in Orlando.

It was an emotional Mother's Day victory for Towns, Minnesota's two-time All-Star, who lost his mother to COVID-19 last year.

Towns, who also had nine rebounds and four assists, helped jump-start the Timberwolves as they used an early run to overwhelm the Magic and outscore them 74-44 by halftime. Russell also had eight assists and six rebounds.

Minnesota's lead swelled to 43 points within the first five minutes of the third quarter. The Timberwolves shot 48.5 percent while the Magic struggled from the field, shooting 39.6 percent and went 9-for-36 from 3-point range.

Dwayne Bacon provided some highlights for Orlando, totaling 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and R.J. Hampton scored 19 points off the bench.

Reserve Ignas Brazdeikis finished with 16 points. Cole Anthony and Moritz Wagner each had 11 points.

The Wolves didn't need a lot of scoring from rookie Anthony Edwards, but he recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists.

Edwards averaged 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent over his previous 11 games, coinciding with Minnesota's recent improvement.

Ricky Rubio added 18 points for the Wolves.

Malik Beasley (Grade 3 left hamstring strain), Jarrett Culver (right ankle surgery) and Jaden McDaniels (personal reasons) remained out for Minnesota.

Wendell Carter Jr. (left eye abrasion), Michael Carter-Williams (sprained left ankle), James Ennis III (sore right calf), Markelle Fultz (torn left ACL), Jonathan Isaac (left knee), Chuma Okeke (sprained left ankle), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) and Terrence Ross (back spasms) were all out for Orlando.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   Orlando
D'Angelo Russell 27 Scoring R.J. Hampton 19
D'Angelo Russell 7 Assists Cole Anthony 3
Anthony Edwards 10 Rebounds Donta Hall 8
Karl-Anthony Towns 5 Free Throws Made Dwayne Bacon 3
Jordan McLaughlin 1 Steals Chasson Randle 2
Jaylen Nowell 2 Blocks Mo Bamba 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Minnesota 128 48.5 16-45 18-24 30 57 9 5 10
Orlando 96 39.6 9-36 15-22 20 45 5 5 13
Upcoming Games
  • Orlando will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee. The Magic have a W/L % of .409 after a win and .261 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .238 after a win and .340 after a loss.