If Wednesday night's home opener is any indication of things to come, the 2013 Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a entertaining product. In front of 17,988 fans the Wolves needed overtime to defeat the Orlando Magic 120-115. Seven players reached double digit scoring led by Kevin Love's 31 points and 17 rebounds and with his team trailing by three with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Love buried a three pointer to tie the game sending it into overtime.
"It's a good game to learn from," said head coach Rick Adelman. "We played pretty well in the first half and then third quarter just let them get going. We got very impatient offensively we didn't move the ball like we did the first half and they started scoring."
Adelman watched his team score 38 points in the first quarter on a blistering 59 percent from the field including 4-of-6 from three point range. They extended the lead in the second quarter and led by as many as 17 points before the Magic stormed back to cut the halftime deficit to just eight points.
New Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin scored 23 points but struggled from the field shooting just 6-for-19 and 2-for-7 from three point range. His biggest shot came in overtime when he attacked the basket and drew contact, making the shot and drawing the foul for a three point play that gave the Wolves a four point lead.
"It was a good first game, we learned a lot," said Martin. "You can see the potential in this team. K-Love told me he was going to give me another chance in OT and that's what he did."
With the defense struggling all night, the Wolves were finally able to get stops in overtime to extend their lead. Ricky Rubio dished 11 assists and scored 13 points in the win picking up his 25th career double-double.
It didn't take Corey Brewer long to get reacquainted to Target Center. Brewer finished with 16 points and Adelman noted was a force all over the floor.
"That's what I have to do, I have to get out in transition and get transition baskets on this team and play defense," said Brewer. "Last time I was here we were rebuilding and losing. I feel like this team is a winner."
Adelman stated his team would be able to score, but the big question if how well they would play on the defensive end of the floor. Both teams attempted 100 field goals, but the difference in the game came at the free throw line where the Wolves finished 28-for-34 while Orlando shot 11-for-18.
The Wolves (1-0) stay home and welcome Oklahoma City (1-0) on Friday night. The Thunder defeated Utah 101-98 in their season opener.