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Big 2nd half leads Magic past Timberwolves 102-89

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 13 2012 7:31 p.m. MST

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) goes after a rebound in front of Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

John Raoux, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jason Richardson scored 17 points, and Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu each added 14 as the Orlando Magic used a big second half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-89 on Monday night.

Richardson, coming off a season-high 31 points, was strong early against Minnesota but sat out the fourth quarter.

The Magic didn't need him, though, hitting 12 of 30 3-pointers for the game and with all five starters reaching double figures. Orlando has won two of their last three games and earned their seventh straight victory over the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love led Minnesota with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Minnesota's lost its fourth straight game, with its next opportunity to stop the skid coming Wednesday when it hosts Charlotte.

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