Thunder Vs. Magic: OKC Wins First Ever Game In Orlando

Kevin Durant scored 38 points, including 18 in the final quarter, to lead the Thunder to its first win in Orlando since leaving Seattle. Russell Westbrook added 29 points with 10 assists. Dwight Howard scored 33 for the Magic.

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Thunder Vs. Magic Final Score: Kevin Durant Goes Off In 4th, Leads OKC To Victory

After three quarters of play, Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic appeared to be on their way to another victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle Supersonics franchise, leading 81-70. In the fourth quarter, that all changed, and the Kevin Durant show turned on. Durant scored 18 points in the final period, nearly outscoring the other team, and the Thunder came back to win 105-102.

Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 67 points (Durant 38, Westbrook 29), which has been the formula for their success all season, and, after Thursday night's win against the Magic, they have the best record in the NBA at 29-7. James Harden was the only other Thunder player in double figures, scoring 13. Yes, that's right, Durant, Westbrook and Harden combined to score 80 points. Westbrook also had 10 assists with only two turnovers. It was the first time the Thunder had beaten the Magic since 2004. Durant also came up with this beauty with the shot clock winding down, effectively killing the Magic's hopes for a last-minute comeback.


Howard, for his part, was magnificent, scoring 33 points on 14-20 shooting and 5-8 from the foul line. He did, however, grab just nine rebounds, well below his season average, and was out-rebounded by Kendrick Perkins, who pulled down 11. Jameer Nelson played a solid, if unspectacular game with 15 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

For more on these two teams, visit Thunder blog Welcome to Loud City and Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Thunder Vs. Magic: Dwight Howard Explodes In Third Quarter

Dwight Howard had a quiet first half, entering halftime with nine points but only three rebounds and zero blocks. He exploded in the third quarter, though, scoring 16 points with five rebounds and a block. He picked up two points on a monster putback jam that followed a textbook screen he set for Jameer Nelson:

Orlando entered halftime with a slim 53-50 lead, in part because they shot 6-for-12 from beyond the three-point line. They missed all five of their long-distance attempts in the third, but it didn't matter. With Howard going nuts, the Magic scored 20 points in the paint in the third quarter alone, extending their lead to 81-70 entering the final frame.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook once again did all the heavy lifting for the Thunder in the third quarter with seven and eight points, respectively. But continuing a trend from the first half, the rest of the team did almost nothing: nobody else scored more than two. If OKC is going to win its first game in Orlando since moving from Seattle, somebody else on this team must step up.

For more on the two teams, check out Oklahoma City Thunder blog Welcome To Loud City and Orlando Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Thunder Vs. Magic: Orlando Takes 53-50 Lead Into Halftime

The Oklahoma City Thunder have never won a regular-season game in Orlando. If that streak finally comes to an end on Thursday night, they'll need to overcome a three-point deficit in the second half after allowing the Magic enter the break with a 53-50 lead.

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points in the first two quarters while Kevin Durant added 13. Unfortunately for the Thunder, nobody else on the team scored more than four. Durant did most of his damage in the second frame with nine points, including a nifty reverse layup on this fast break:

The Magic, meanwhile, have relied on a balanced attack: Ryan Anderson leads the team with 10 points, Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson each have nine and Jason Richardson has pitched in eight. Howard scored only 11 points the last time these two teams met, and while he's nearly reached that mark in this game, he also finished the opening half with just three rebounds and zero blocked shots. Given how close this game has been, he'll likely need to step up the rest of the way.

For more on the two teams, check out Oklahoma City Thunder blog Welcome To Loud City and Orlando Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post


Thunder Vs. Magic: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Look For First Win In Orlando

Oklahoma City is looking for its first win in Orlando on Thursday.

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