Cole Anthony drains buzzer-beating shot in Magic win after terrible Timberwolves missed free throws
The Minnesota Timberwolves failed to ice the game at the free throw line, and Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony made sure to make them pay big time. The Magic finally put an end to their ugly six-game skid on Wednesday, thanks to Anthony’s buzzer-beating heroics inside Target Center.
The Wolves were up by two with 4.6 ticks left in regulation and were in a good position to end their own losing streak. All Jarred Vanderbilt needed was to hit both his trips to the charity stripe or at least make one to avoid a possible last-second meltdown. But the inexperienced forward somehow botched both shots, setting up the table for this beautiful game-breaking trey from Cole Anthony at the buzzer.
🚨 COLE ANTHONY FOR THE WIN 🚨pic.twitter.com/LanFz6E01v
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 21, 2021
After Aaron Gordon corralled the miss, Anthony called his own number as he fearlessly launched a 3-pointer in transition. That amazing shot gave the Magic a thrilling 97-96 win. The impressive Magic rookie finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from distance. He also collected three rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.
The 15th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Anthony outshined fellow draftmate Anthony Edwards, who finished just 3-of-14 from the field for the Timberwolves, pouring in eight points in the loss.
Cole Anthony’s timely shot-making, meanwhile, is definitely a good sign for Orlando, since they struggled mightily after losing starting point guard Markelle Fultz to a season-ending ACL injury. Anthony has been tasked to fill in his shoes in the meantime and looks like he is delivering as promised.