Second Unit Shoulders the Load for Thunder In Win At Home Over Magic

Two days after an embarrassing loss to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, the Thunder was able to get back on track by defeating the Orlando Magic 112-105 in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder had a rough go of things in the first quarter. Steven Adams poured in 10 points, and Paul George scored seven, but in spite of shooting 13/26 in the opening period, Oklahoma City’s defense could not seem to stop Orlando’s offense. The Magic shot an overwhelming 14/20 from the floor, including a ridiculous 6/8 from three. At the end of the first, it was Orlando on top 38-31.

The Magic continued to increase the lead to start the second quarter, pushing it to double digits with a little over 10 minutes left in the half. Orlando would maintain the double-digit lead for a couple more minutes, but shortly after Westbrook and Adams checked back into the game, the game was going quite differently. In a matter of two minutes, the Thunder would go on an 8-0 run and cut the deficit to within two. Both teams would battle back and forth, and at the half, the Thunder would trail the Magic 62-61.

While the third quarter has been an achilles heel for Oklahoma City for much of the current season, that was not the case tonight. The Thunder scored six straight points in the first minute-and-a-half to take a 67-62 lead, but the Magic would battle back to keep it close. After a number of lead changes and just a little over two minutes left in the period, it was all tied up at 77-77. Then, in the final 71 seconds of the third, Oklahoma City would break off a 7-0 run to take an 84-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

The fourth period proved to be the moment that Thunder fans were waiting on as Oklahoma City slowly but surely began to open the game up. At the halfway mark of the quarter, the Thunder took their largest lead of the night with a score of 103-91. But that wasn’t all the Magic had in store. Orlando was able to cut the deficit to four with under two minutes to play, but Paul George was able to hit a clutch fadeaway three for the dagger, and after a night that included six double-digit scorers for Oklahoma City, including four off the bench, the Thunder walked away with a much needed win.

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Goin’ To the Big D

The Thunder gets back out on the road and heads to Texas where they will take on the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Despite the Thunder having an obviously better season, the Mavericks have managed to defeat Oklahoma City twice, once at home and once on the road. The Thunder should be able to get a win as long as they can take care of business, and they certainly cannot afford to lose these expected wins. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The game will also be broadcast on WWLS 98.1 FM.

Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to like us on Facebook.

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