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Minnesota at Orlando

T-Wolves' Davis hits season-high 36, winning 3 in OT win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- When it counted, Ricky Davis couldn't miss.

The guard scored a season-high 36 points -- including the Timberwolves' last 13 -- and Minnesota beat the Orlando Magic 105-104 in overtime Sunday night.

"It was a great night," Davis said. "(Coach Randy Wittman) kept calling my number, kept giving me the ball in scoring positions."

Kevin Garnett had 22 points and eight rebounds, and sealed the win by blocking Jameer Nelson's driving layup with less than five seconds left.

"The play is designed -- it depends on what the defense does as to who ends up with a particular shot," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "Obviously there wasn't a shot in the lane there."

Davis scored the last six points in regulation and Minnesota's only buckets in overtime. The fourth-quarter points happened in the last 1:30 -- a 3-pointer with 1:23 left and three free throws after getting Trevor Ariza in the air with 21 seconds left.

Nelson missed a jumper for the win at the regulation buzzer.

The victory broke a three-game skid for the Timberwolves and cut Orlando's cushion over the Indiana Pacers to 1½ games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"You've got to give them credit; they hit two, three, four big shots," Nelson said.

Davis and the Timberwolves burned Orlando all game from behind the arc, going 8-of-16 while Orlando was just 1 of 11. Orlando's only 3-pointer was a 37-foot runner from J.J. Redick just before halftime that drew the Magic to 54-53.

Aside from the late foul against Davis, Ariza came up big for the second straight game. He fueled several runs with driving layups -- one a dazzling reverse to tie the game at 89 with 5:31 left -- and shut down Garnett when Orlando's big men rested.

"I was just trying to keep him from getting easy stuff, because he's long," Ariza said. "And trying to make it as tough as possible for him to get the ball where he wanted."

Grant Hill scored 23 points, Ariza had 18, and Darko Milicic finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic outrebounded Minnesota 50-38, finally catching up when the Timberwolves blew a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Dwight Howard, facing double- and triple-teams all night, wasn't a factor on offense, but had 19 rebounds. He got into early foul trouble and missed the entire second quarter, finishing with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.

"They took Dwight out of the game, trapping him every time he touched it," Grant Hill said. "He had a great game, a big game last time we played them up in Minnesota. (Former Magic assistant) Coach Wittman knows our team, knows Dwight, so he wasn't going to let him get off."

Randy Foye scored nine points -- six of them on two pivotal 3-pointers that slowed Orlando's momentum. But the rookie also stepped out of bounds driving the baseline on a key possession with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Orlando took its first lead since the opening minutes -- 70-69 -- with about four minutes left in the third quarter on two layups from Ariza. But Minnesota came right back, getting three points from Garnett in an 8-2 run that put the Timberwolves up 79-74 to start the fourth.

Notes

  • Orlando is 0-3 in overtime this season; Minnesota is 6-4.
  • Both teams entered the NBA in the 1989-90 expansion season. Orlando is 13-5 against Minnesota at home.
  • Several fans got trick April 1 pies in the face out of a pizza box from league mascots during a break.
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Ricky Davis, who takes over late in the game, finishes off the Magic with a game-winning 3-pointer.  (AP)
Ricky Davis, who takes over late in the game, finishes off the Magic with a game-winning 3-pointer. (AP)
Scoreboard
Minnesota (31-42) «312325197105
Orlando (34-40) 233021246104
MIN:R. Davis 36 Pts
MIN:K. Garnett 14 Reb
MIN:K. Garnett 8 Ast
ORL:G. Hill 23 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 19 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 8 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoMinnesota

D. Milicic

R. Davis
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
181023623

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Minnesota
R. Davis, SG4413-217-723436
M. Jaric, PG445-111-242411
K. Garnett, PF436-2110-11148222
M. Blount, C293-90-06116
M. James, PG264-82-422212
C. Smith, PF283-53-48159
R. Foye, PG273-50-02319
R. McCants, SG170-00-00110
M. Madsen, C60-00-00050
T. Hudson, PGDid Not Play
B. Wright, SGDid Not Play
T. Hassell, SFDid Not Play
J. Reed, SFDid Not Play
Totals 37-8023-28382125105
 46.2%82.1% 
Orlando
G. Hill, SG4510-163-421123
D. Howard, C393-52-419138
J. Nelson, PG334-140-00828
H. Turkoglu, SF223-120-05226
T. Battie, PF151-11-12133
D. Milicic, PF386-96-10102318
T. Ariza, SF338-142-260518
K. Dooling, PG233-85-742111
J. Redick, SG163-82-32129
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
P. Garrity, PFDid Not Play
C. Arroyo, PGDid Not Play
K. Bogans, SGDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8721-31501822104
 47.1%67.7% 
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Mia 88 Final
Det 94
Chi 105 Final
Atl 97
Mem 117 Final
GS 122
Wash 121 Final
Mil 107
Dal 104 Final
Pho 126
Cle 96 Final
Bos 98
Char 94 Final
Tor 107
Utah 86 Final
Hou 83
SA 99 Final
Ind 100
Den 114 Final
Sea 103
Sac 103 Final
LAL 126