OKC vs. ORL: Thunder Hold Off Magic, Win 117-104

Mar 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Orlando Magic guard Arron Affalo (4) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder clashed with the Orlando Magic on Friday evening and emerged the victors, winning 117-104 in a roller coaster of a game.

Kevin Durant led with 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 more, in yet another dominant performance from this dynamic duo.

For Orlando, Jameer Nelson had 26 points, and was hot behind the three-point arch, hitting 5 of 12 shots from downtown.

The Thunder scored a season-high 73 points in the first half, shooting 64-percent from the floor and converting 18 of 22 free throws. They led by 27 in the second quarter and all signs pointed to a blowout, but Orlando surged back before the half to bring the score within 15 points, 73-56.

OKC again pulled away after a dominant third quarter, leading by 22 with seven minutes left in the period. The Magic–refusing to go down without a fight–clawed their way back into it midway through the fourth quarter. They cut the Thunder’s lead to four points, and forced Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks to put his starters back in to close this one out.

The nail in the coffin came when Westbrook put up a clutch three-pointer with two minutes left in the contest, assuring that the Thunder would deliver a W to is home crowd.

With the win, the Oklahoma City Thunder advance to 49-17 on the season and tout an outstanding 30-4 record at home. They challenge the Dallas Mavericks next on Sun., March 17 on the road.

Topics: Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic

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