The Minnesota Timberwolves suffered their 10th loss in the past 11 games, blowing a 20-point lead and falling victim to a buzzer-beater from Cole Anthony in a 97-96 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves opened the game with a sloppy first quarter, but had a tremendous highlight courtesy of Anthony Edwards. The rookie had a rim-rattling dunk that gave the Wolves energy despite being down 25-21 after one.
The Timberwolves turned it on in the second quarter, unleashing a 27-3 run to help them take control of the game. The charge was led by D'Angelo Russell, who poured in 15 of his 19 points including going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
While Russell filled it up from the outside, the Wolves enjoyed the emergence of young players in their frontcourt without Karl-Anthony Towns and Juancho Hernangomez.
Jaden McDaniels took advantage of the opportunity, providing quality minutes off the bench and a slam to send the Wolves into the locker room with a 51-35 lead at halftime.
McDaniels continued his strong play in the second half, posting 12 points and eight rebounds on the night.
Despite McDaniels' efforts, the Magic whittled the Wolves' lead down to two points late in the fourth quarter. Although Minnesota dodged a bullet with Aaron Gordon missing a wide-open three, Jared Vanderbilt missed a pair of free throws that would have put the game away.
The Magic took advantage of their second life as Anthony launched a three-pointer at the buzzer to hand the Wolves a shocking defeat.
The Timberwolves improved to 3-10 on the season with the win and will host Atlanta on Friday night.