The brawl broke out in entrance of the Orlando bench late within the third quarter, when Minnesota guard Austin Rivers and Magic heart Mo Bamba bought into an altercation. Bamba got here off the bench and Rivers threw punches at him in a tussle that spilled over to incorporate a number of others on the courtroom.
As play initially continued on the far finish, Jalen Suggs pulled Rivers away from Bamba and to the bottom whereas different gamers joined in.
Rivers, Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince have been ejected for the Timberwolves, who had misplaced ahead Kyle Anderson earlier within the sport on account of harm. Bamba and Suggs have been tossed for Orlando.
Reserve ahead Bol Bol had 14 factors for the Magic, who bought 72 factors from their bench. Orlando had misplaced three of 4, however bought a uncommon sturdy defensive efficiency that was aided by Suggs’ on-ball protection earlier than he was ejected.
D’Angelo Russell had 29 factors and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which had received six of eight. Anthony Edwards added 19 factors and Rudy Gobert scored 15.
The Timberwolves shot 46% from the sphere and dedicated 20 turnovers, resulting in 26 factors for Orlando.
The Magic began the day twenty third within the NBA in defensive ranking, however their youth and size challenged Minnesota — significantly Edwards.
The budding star had scored not less than 25 factors in seven straight video games and had greater than 30 in 5 of them. However he shot simply 5 of 15 from the sphere and 1 for 7 from 3-point territory.
The combat appeared to come back on instantly, with no earlier signal of potential issues.
A couple of minutes earlier, Rivers missed a 3-pointer proper in entrance of the Orlando bench and replays confirmed Bamba and Markelle Fultz reacting whereas watching Rivers run again up the courtroom.
Magic: Wendell Carter Jr. was held out on account of a proper plantar fascia pressure. Bamba began in his place and had 11 factors. … Suggs scored all 10 of his factors within the second quarter. … Orlando had 13 offensive rebounds and 28 second-chance factors.
Timberwolves: Anderson left early within the first quarter with again spasms and didn’t return. … Gobert returned after lacking one sport with proper groin soreness.
Magic: At Charlotte on Sunday.
Timberwolves: Host Denver on Sunday.