Morning Shootaround: Unity

 Wolves go unity in win over Magic
Timberwolves 120, Magic 115, OT

Before tip off of Wednesday's season opener at Target Center, Flip Saunders distributed commemorative coins to Timberwolves players, coaches and staff to signify the team's unity. The goals for this organization in their 25th season are very clear: return to the Playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett was traded to Boston.

Brice Hemmelgarn/USA TODAYIf you go by the results of one game, it certainly looks possible.

The Timberwolves struggled to pull away from the Magic all game and found themselves down three with 12 seconds remaining. This would have been a time to crumble for past Minnesota teams. Not this one though.

A perfectly executed swinging fence play sprung Kevin Love open for three and he dropped in the game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime. Kevin Martin and the Wolves came up big in the overtime to help them escape with a 120-115 victory over the Magic.

Love had 31 points and 17 rebounds to lead Minnesota to the victory, helping them stay together despite a mistake-filled second half and an unexpected deficit to the hard-charging Orlando team. Arron Afflalo had 28 points for the Magic. His turnaround jumper fell off the front rim in regulation that would have prevented overtime.

Kings get by Nuggets
Kings 90, Nuggets 88

The Kings tried to give the game away in the first home game with a new owner and a new lease on life — and in Sacramento. The Nuggets would not let the Sacramento fans go home unhappy, not on this night. Jason Thompson's dunk with 40 seconds left gave the Kings the lead by two points. The Nuggets then failed to make a few 3-pointers at the end giving the Kings the win.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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