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11/23/2017 Taj Gibson, Min, F-C
Taj Gibson scored 24 points Wednesday, going 8 of 11 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Orlando Magic 124-118. Gibson grabbed nine rebounds and had two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +21 in his 40:06 on the floor. He added one block and two steals.

Analysis: This one was impossible to see coming, as Gibson had just one point in 24 minutes Monday at Charlotte and was averaging 9.6 per game for the season. Though generally a secondary option in Minnesota's talented starting five, the trusty veteran has been making a decent contribution lately with averages of 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds over his last 10 games.
11/23/2017 Jeff Teague, Min, PG
Jeff Teague scored 22 points Wednesday on 6-of-11 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Orlando Magic 124-118. Teague grabbed three rebounds and had 11 assists, tallying a plus-minus of +12 in his 37:20 of playing time. He added one block and two steals. Teague went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Teague can be prone to some clunkers like his 3-point, 1-of-7 shooting effort Sunday against Detroit, but he's been generally solid of late. He's now delivered 15 points or more in five of his last six games and owns season averages of 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals, with Wednesday's performance his sixth double-double in his past 13 outings.
11/23/2017 Jimmy Butler, Min, G-F
Jimmy Butler matched a season high with 26 points Wednesday on 10-of-19 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Orlando Magic 124-118. Butler grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +15 in his 36:17 of playing time. He added two steals. Butler went 3 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Those who may have bought low on Butler following his disappointing start are beginning to reap the rewards. The stat-sheet stuffer is now 9 of 18 from 3-point range over his last four games and is riding a seven-game tear in which he's averaged 19.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 steals.
11/23/2017 Nemanja Bjelica, Min, PF
Nemanja Bjelica went scoreless Wednesday on 0-of-3 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Orlando Magic 124-118. Bjelica did not grab a rebound nor have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -16 in his 7:51 on the floor. He added one steal.
11/23/2017 Gorgui Dieng, Min, F-C
Gorgui Dieng scored one point Wednesday, going 0 of 3 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Orlando Magic 124-118. Dieng grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 11:53 on the floor.
11/23/2017 Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F
Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points Wednesday, going 6 of 15 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Orlando Magic 124-118. Wiggins grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +19 in his 40:40 of playing time. He added one block and one steal. Wiggins went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Wiggins did enough damage from the foul line to reach the 20-point mark for just the second time in his last six games. Jimmy Butler's resurgence has contributed to a slight decline in the super talent's numbers, as he's averaged a somewhat ordinary 16 points and an unimpressive 3.3 rebounds during that aforementioned time frame.
11/23/2017 Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points Wednesday, going 7 of 11 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Orlando Magic 124-118. Towns pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +7 in his 36:07 on the floor. Towns went 2 of 3 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Towns has now failed to hit the 20-point mark in four straight games - an eternity by his standards - but did collect his 14th double-double in Minnesota's 18th contest. He has become a bigger threat from the perimeter, however, having gone 11 of 22 from 3-point range over his last six games.
11/23/2017 Tyus Jones, Min, PG
Tyus Jones did not score Wednesday on 0-of-2 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Orlando Magic 124-118. Jones pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 10:40 on the floor.
11/23/2017 Jonathon Simmons, Orl, G-F
Jonathon Simmons scored nine points Wednesday, going 4 of 9 from the field, as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Simmons pulled down three rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -11 in his 17:56 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Simmons went 1 of 3 from 3-point range.
11/23/2017 Bismack Biyombo, Orl, F-C
Bismack Biyombo scored four points Wednesday, going 2 of 3 from the field, as the Orlando Magic lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Biyombo grabbed three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -6 in his 14:22 of playing time. He added one block.
11/23/2017 Elfrid Payton, Orl, PG
Elfrid Payton scored 10 points Wednesday on 4-of-9 shooting as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Payton grabbed four rebounds and had 13 assists, tallying a plus-minus of -1 in his 34:23 on the floor. He added one block and two steals.

Analysis: Payton had been rather underwhelming lately, having averaged just seven points and five assists while shooting 36.4 percent from the field over his previous four contests. Wednesday's fine effort may turn out to be a tease, but the young point guard is getting it done on the defensive end with eight steals in his last three contests.
11/23/2017 Evan Fournier, Orl, G-F
Evan Fournier scored 19 points Wednesday, going 6 of 13 from the field, as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Fournier grabbed one rebound and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +3 in his 34:05 on the floor. Fournier went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.
11/23/2017 Aaron Gordon, Orl, F
Aaron Gordon scored 26 points Wednesday on 11-of-18 shooting as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Gordon pulled down nine rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +3 in his 36:44 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Gordon went 2 of 8 from 3-point range.

Analysis: A positive sign after Gordon had slipped to a 13.2 points-per-game average over his previous five outings. The gifted 22-year-old's early-season perimeter success has gone away, however, as he's a poor 9 of 39 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc in his last six games.
11/23/2017 Arron Afflalo, Orl, G-F
Arron Afflalo scored three points Wednesday on 1-of-1 shooting as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Afflalo grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -7 in his 10:52 of playing time. He added one block. Afflalo went 1 of 1 from behind the arc.
11/23/2017 D.J. Augustin, Orl, PG
D.J. Augustin scored six points Wednesday on 2-of-3 shooting as the Orlando Magic lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Augustin grabbed two rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -5 in his 12:46 on the floor. Augustin went 1 of 1 from 3-point range.
11/23/2017 Marreese Speights, Orl, F-C
Marreese Speights scored eight points Wednesday on 3-of-8 shooting as the Orlando Magic lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Speights did not grab a rebound but had an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -9 in his 11:20 of playing time. Speights went 2 of 5 from behind the arc.
11/23/2017 Terrence Ross, Orl, G-F
Terrence Ross scored a season-high 22 points Wednesday, going 8 of 14 from the field, as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Ross grabbed six rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +3 in his 33:58 of playing time. Ross went 3 of 8 from behind the arc.

Analysis: Ross hasn't been very useful from a fantasy perspective, though he's stepped it up some lately by averaging 12 points on 57.1 percent shooting along with 1.6 steals over his last seven games. An improved 3-point stroke has led to the surge, as he's connected at a 41.9 percent success rate over that span.
11/23/2017 Nikola Vucevic, Orl, F-C
Nikola Vucevic scored 11 points Wednesday on 5-of-13 shooting as the Orlando Magic fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118. Vucevic grabbed 14 rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of 0 in his 33:34 of playing time. He added one block. Vucevic went 1 of 4 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Vucevic has rediscovered his ability to clean the glass, as he's averaged 9.8 boards while posting three double-doubles over Orlando's last four games. The 7-footer's 7.8 rebounds per game are still his lowest in his six seasons with the Magic, but he's certainly eligible to improve on that mark.
11/23/2017 Dirk Nowitzki, Dal, F-C
Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points Wednesday on 5-of-12 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks topped the Memphis Grizzlies 95-94. Nowitzki grabbed eight rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +9 in his 28:11 on the floor. He added one block and two steals. Nowitzki went 3 of 6 from 3-point range.
11/23/2017 Devin Harris, Dal, G
Devin Harris scored 11 points Wednesday on 5-of-9 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks topped the Memphis Grizzlies 95-94. Harris grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +10 in his 17:53 of playing time. He added four steals.
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