By Chris Ladd
Seven players reached double figures in scoring as the Orlando Magic defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night 128-86.
Vince Carter paced the Magic in scoring with 20 points as the home team jumped out to a 37-18 lead after the first quarter.
It didn’t get that much better for the Timberwolves as the Magic outscored them 41-27 in the second quarter that led to a 78-45 halftime lead. The 78 points by Orlando was a franchise record and the loss by Minnesota was the worse in franchise history.
Dwight Howard recorded a double-double with 18 points and 16 boards. He also had eight block shots for the night.
Kevin Love had 22 points and had nine rebounds.
Corey Brewer started his first game of the season and finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Brewer finished the night shooting two of seven from the field with two made three-point shots.
Love and Brewer were the only two players to reach double figures in scoring for the Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves struggled throughout the night on offense going 28 of 84 from the field for 33 %.
“These are hard lessons for a young team to learn,” Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said. “They didn’t play well offensively and do the right things, and we clearly didn’t do the right things defensively either.”
Minnesota has lost four of the teams first five games and will be in action Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks at the Target Center.