MINNEAPOLIS — The prognosticators warned there would be nights like Wednesday's.

Nothing went right for the Orlando Magic against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Plagued by turnovers, errant shooting and a point discrepancy in the paint, the Magic lost to the Timberwolves 90-75 at the Target Center in a game much more lopsided than the final score indicates.

"We didn't have the energy level or the effort to win tonight's game," shooting guard Arron Afflalo said.

Playing one night after an emotional, hard-fought loss in Chicago, the Magic made just 35.0 percent of their shots and committed 20 turnovers that led to 19 Timberwolves points.

"The first back-to-back, and it's tough early in the season," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Our guys really put a lot of effort out in Chicago.”

Vaughn tinkered with his playing rotation — bringing in rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson and rookie wing Maurice Harkless in the first quarter. It was Harkless’ NBA debut, and he finished with seven points and five rebounds in 22-plus minutes.

"We lost, so of course, I'm not happy about it," Harkless said. "I was nervous when I first got out there, but I think I played solid. I could've played better. Everybody as a team could've played better. But, unfortunately, we lost, and we'll bounce back next game."

The Magic (2-2) played without injured starters Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu.

But the Timberwolves (3-1) were missing injured All-Star power forward Kevin Love and starting point guard Ricky Rubio.

Minnesota put more experienced players onto the court.

Magic youngsters Nik Vucevic, E'Twaun Moore and Ish Smith struggled.

They weren't alone, though.

The entire team struggled from the start.

The offense lacked fluidity in the first period. The ball bogged down too often, and players forced shots. In all, Orlando made just six of its 21 shot attempts.

“They did a good job of contesting shots and making things hard [for us], but that thing just didn’t want to go in for us tonight,” Vaughn said.

“I think you have to fight yourself sometimes when shots don’t go in. You can’t turn inward. It has to continue to be passing and screening and staying together as a team. So you have to fight that some nights when the ball just isn’t going in.”

Meanwhile, The Timberwolves encountered little resistance from the Magic defense, which also looked out of sync.

Every Minnesota starter scored in the quarter. That included second-year power forward Derrick Williams, who revved up the crowd by stealing the ball from Moore and finishing the fastbreak with a powerful dunk to put Minnesota ahead 20-8.

But as bad as the first quarter was, the second quarter — for both teams — was even more disjointed.