The Minnesota Timberwolves have had to scrap for victories after opening the season without Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, but they had an easy ride to a win on Wednesday night. The Wolves suffocated the Orlando Magic's offense in a 90-75 victory that moved Minnesota's record to 3-1 on the season.
No Timberwolves player scored over 20 points, but it was still more than enough. Luke Ridnour led the team with 19 points and added three assists and five rebounds. Derrick Williams put up 14 points and six rebounds, and Greg Stiemsma and Chase Budinger both scored in double-digits off the bench.
But it was on defense where Minnesota shined. They held the Magic to just 35 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from three-point range. The Wolves also stole the ball 11 times and tallied nine blocks. Super-sub J.J. Redick led Orlando in scoring off the bench, putting up 16 points on 5-12 shooting.
Minnesota will be off on Thursday and will return to the court on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET when they host the Indiana Pacers.