Sunday, April 1, 2007

Timberwolves Recap; Wolves 105, Magic 104

This afternoon the Timberwolves were in Orlando to take on the Magic with potential draft pick/playoff implication on the line. The Magic, led by young power-foward/center Dwight Howard put up a good fight for most of the first half even when trailing by as much as ten, routinely out-hustling the Wolves for both rebounds and loose balls. The hustle paid off and by the break the Magic found themselves down only one. The Wolves jumped out in the third led largely by much maligned Ricky Davis who finished the game with 36 on 13-21FG, and 7-7FT. Kevin Garnett struggled for much of the game on offense going just 6 of 21 from the floor. After a back and forth fourth quarter the Magic came back to tie the game in the final minute and a half and the teams traded unsuccessful attempts until regulation expired. In overtime the Magic pulled ahead on a layup by Grant Hill who the referees awarded a goal-tending call to when Garnett trapped the ball against the backboard in what I think as questionable call. Hill however showed he's still got something left on that play by absolutely blowing by Marco Jaric like he wasn't even there. Hill Finished the game with 21 on 9-15 shooting. The Wolves won the game though on the ensuing possession when, with about 17 seconds left Davis who had been hot all night nailed his third triple of the game to put the Wolves up by one. On the Magic's final possession Jameer Nelson drove the lane with seven seconds remaining, stepped into the lane and put up a floater which Garnett Got absolutely every millimeter of and yanked out of the air to seal the game.