“Right now is not the time to change anything you’re doing,” said Ross, who was relieved when the deadline passed. “You’ve got to stay in your routine as much as possible.”Ross, who is averaging 19.7 points off the bench over his last 15 games, made six 3-pointers and shot 13 of 23 overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There are nights in this league when you’re driving home and say to yourself, ‘I’m blessed to be doing this,’” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Terrence is an exceptional shot-maker and he’s a lot better off the dribble than I realized. He’s playing at a really high level.”Nikola Vucevic added 21 points, Aaron Gordon 19 and Evan Fournier 18 for Orlando, which shot 54 percent and scored a season-high 71 points in the first half. What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points.Isaiah Canaan’s jump shot gave Minnesota its last lead at 39-38 early in the second quarter, but things quickly unraveled for the Timberwolves, especially on defense.Ross had 20 points in the first half, leading the Magic to a 71-58 halftime lead. Orlando shot 65 percent in the half.“They came out hot. We’ve got to do a better job contesting,” said Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders. “Terrence Ross got hot in the second quarter. We were aware of how hot he’s been shooting the ball lately. You let him see one or two or even three go through early, it’s going to be a long night.”Wiggins scored 10 points in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves could get no closer than 11 until Towns converted a three-point play with 2:39 left in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins followed with a mid-court steal and lined up a dunk that could have cut the lead to seven, but Ross chased him down and prevented a score that could cut the gap to seven.“I didn’t know if I was going to block it but it was worth the effort,” said Ross, who was not officially credited with a block. “You don’t know. Sometimes they hear footsteps and sometimes they will alter (the shot). I got lucky.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: G Jeff Teague participated in the morning shootaround but missed an eighth game with a sore left foot. … G Derrick Rose was not with the team, missing a fifth game with a sore right ankle. … Towns was shocked to hear it announced that he had fouled out with 5:10 remaining after committing his third foul.Magic: Last in the NBA with only 19 free throw attempts per game, the Magic shot 14 in a span of 5:31 in the third quarter. They made 21 of 23 in the game. … Rookie C Mo Bamba missed a third straight game with a stress fracture of his left tibia. … The Magic lost by 17 at Minnesota on Jan. 4.NO HURRYThe Magic acquired point guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from Philadelphia, but it doesn’t sound like he will be playing anytime soon.Asked when the team expected Fultz to play, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said: “We’re going to do it right, we’re not going to do it fast.”The Magic gave up F Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick for Fultz, who is out with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve problem in his shoulder.Fultz appeared in only 33 games in his 1 ½ seasons in Philadelphia, averaging 8.2 points in 19 games this season. He last played on Nov. 19. “We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he’s dealing with and getting him through it,” Weltman said.UP NEXTTimberwolves: at New Orleans on Friday night.Magic: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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SOCU chargesActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SC heard further arguments from attorneys representing former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, as the challenge to their misconduct in public office charges continued at the High Court on Monday.Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Ronald Burch-Smith appeared on behalf of the defendants, who were released on $6 million each.During Monday’s proceedings, Nandlall disputed the application of the British common law principle to Guyana’s laws, having cited conflicts with this country’s Constitution with the definition of a public officer. With several legal citations, the former Attorney General noted that the particulars of the offence for which the duo is charged has “no reference” that Singh and Brassington are public officers.“This is a fundamental defect, as the offence is misconduct in public office. They have made no allegation that the two men were public officers, so an important ingredient is missing in the charge, on the face of it,” Nandall outlined to JusticeDr Ashni Singh and Winston BrassingtonGeorge.He held to his position that the charge only has two elements; namely, ‘misconduct’ and ‘public office’. He outlined further that for misconduct to be occasioned, evidence would be needed to show high degree of recklessness or great dishonesty.“There must be an element of culpability,” the lawyer stressed.He stated that his legal team intends to exhibit an advertisement for the lands under question, to which the Judge responded that it should have already been done. Nevertheless, Nandall told the acting Chief Justice that it would be a worrying development for citizens to face charges for having accepted a lower valuation ($6 million against $12 million) where the lower valuation was calculated by Government’s own Chief Valuation Officer.“Our criminal law can never be so subjective, so unpredictable, so dysfunctional…If there’s another Executive Government that starts to review this Government’s Executive Policies and starts to pursue charges, where will it end?” Nandlall questioned.His colleague Burch-Smith observed that the former NICIL Head, Brassington, “never signed” the agreement.He referred the Queens Atlantic deal, where “a midpoint was chosen”, though reiterating that his client never signed the document. Burch-Smith stressed that the entire South Georgetown (including East, West, North and South Ruimveldt) and areas beyond Sherriff Street, Georgetown were all developed by Government. On these grounds, the lawyer stated, he could not understand how these actions with reference to the current case could be deemed misconduct.Justice George, however, reminded both attorneys to stick to evidence presented at the bar table.Singh, 45, of Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and Brassington, 50, of Florida, USA, are accused of selling various properties at prices the State contends were grossly undervalued. These charges have to do with the sale of several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; the sale of land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc. at a cost of $185 million. Bruch-Smith on Monday that he has not seen the documents relating to Scady Business Corporation.These charges were filed by Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at the Magistrates’ Court following advice obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP), but the two former Government officials denied the allegations. Their lawyers subsequently secured stays of execution to halt the lower court proceedings while they challenge the misconduct charges in the High Court.But then another set of charges were filed against Singh and Brassington, this time over the sale of the former Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII). This, like other charges, was also challenged in the High Court, and back in July, acting Chief Justice Roxane George consolidated the four ‘misconduct in public office’ charges into one substantive challenge.It was alleged that between October 26 and December 20, 2010, the duo acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion. However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government valuation as Guyana Times had reported. The case continues on October 23.