Terrence Ross and Aaron Gordon lead the Orlando Magic past the Minnesota Timberwolves 136-125 for their third straight win.


Aaron Gordon had his first triple double of the season. Photo by Joey Weierheiser from Jan. 24 against the Boston Celtics.

Brandon Mikel and Jay Serrano, Sports Writers

Aaron Gordon racked up his first triple-double of the season with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists while Terrence Ross scored 33 points off the bench, in the Orlando Magic’s third straight victory – a 136-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-41).

Since the All-Star Break, Gordon has averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 7.2 assists, making him a key factor in the team’s recent success. 

“He puts us in a different place,” Magic head coach Steve Clifford said. “He’s not just scoring, [I mean] he’s playing an all-around game.”

Ross’s 33 points were a season high. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, and closed the door on Minnesota’s comeback attempt.

“He doesn’t need much to get himself going,” Steve Clifford said. “Look at how many times he did it last year, so I’m not at all surprised.”

Nikola Vucevic also turned in a great performance, tallying 27 points along with 10 rebounds for a double-double. 

The Magic (27-32) are now 9-0 when they’ve scored over 120 points and have won five out of their last six games. With this win, Orlando officially moved into the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, as they now lead the Brooklyn Nets by half a game.

The Magic’s next match will be in Texas to finish off their back-to-back against the Demar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs (24-33).