The Orlando Magic led the Oklahoma City Thunder 81-70 after three quarters. Kevin Durant scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Thunder came back to win 105-102.
Durant finished with 38 points and eight rebounds in the game and made 5-of-8 three-pointers.
It was Russell Westbrook however who kept the Thunder afloat in this one. With Durant struggling somewhat for the first three quarters and the Magic clicking, Westbrook continued to attack on every chance and ended up putting together one of his best all-around games of the season.
Westbrook had 10 assists in the game and turned the ball over only twice to go along with his 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting.
With the Thunder charging back in the fourth quarter Orlando seemingly panicked and head coach Stan Van Gundy called for the Magic to play zone at one point. The Thunder responded with two-straight three-pointers by Royal Ivey then Durant to put Oklahoma City ahead 99-94 with 2:12 to play.
The Magic got a big performance from Dwight Howard tonight as he scored 33 points and made 70 percent of his field goals. His supporting cast shrunk with the game on the line though leaving no answer for Oklahoma City’s comeback.
The Thunder continue to win games like this where they don’t play their best for the whole night then come back and “out talent” their opponent. They did it last night too in Philadelphia. The Thunder are just so talented and having players like Westbrook and Durant who never give up in a game is the reason why they keep winning this way.
The Thunder are just so much more athletic all-around than any team they play. They always seem to get the 50-50 balls when it counts and teams don’t have an answer for their athleticism for 48 minutes.
Oklahoma City has the best record in the NBA now at 29-7 and will play at Atlanta (20-15) Saturday for their next game.