The Thunder did not get off to a great start Tuesday night in Orlando. Paul George got into early foul trouble and the Magic held a 12-2 lead. Shortly after that, Paul George took off and put the Thunder right back in this game. After the first two minutes, OKC outscored Orlando 30-23. However, the Magic still led 35-32 after the first quarter.
The Paul George show continued in the second quarter as the Thunder extended their lead. Not to be forgotten in this great performance from George is the play of Russell Westbrook. Russ shot extremely well in the first half, and was distributing the ball all over the court. After a back and forth quarter with the Magic, the Thunder led 69-63 at halftime.
Oklahoma City got off to an extremely quick start in the third quarter, and it looked like they would run away with it. However, the Magic responded with a 21-3 run. Orlando was out rebounding OKC, and getting easy looks on second chance shots. The Magic took the lead back from the Thunder to hold a 94-91 lead heading into the final twelve minutes.
Just when it seemed like Orlando was going to take over this game, Dennis Schröder made an appearance. Schröder hadn’t played all that well through three quarters, but he quickly redeemed himself and led the Thunder to this win. The Thunder held off the Magic for a 126-117 victory.
Schröder time 🔥— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 30, 2019
18 points so far in Q4. pic.twitter.com/th3Xnmnek2
THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME
Dennis Schröder earned the right to be player of the game with his fourth quarter effort. Schröder produced 21 points, but 18 of those came in the second half.
The Thunder was struggling to find offense in the second half and the Magic was quickly taking over this game. The efforts of Schröder without a doubt won this game for OKC.
A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS
• The Thunder Is A Complete Team.
The Thunder were down two starters tonight. Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson we’re both out, and those are two guys who heavily contribute to this team. It’s hard to win games in the NBA when you’re not healthy. It doesn’t matter who your opponent is, it’s going to be tough if you’re not 100%.
That being said, for the Thunder to be down two guys and get this win on the road shows what kind of team this is. OKC is built with tons of depth. As we’ve said before, the Thunder has so many different guys who can step up and be big contributors in a game. Something this organization has lacked in previous years. Being able to win when you’re not healthy shows that the Thunder is a complete team.
• Keep Shooting The Ball Paul George!
Paul George had his best first half performance of the season tonight, and perhaps the best of his entire career. George recorded 31 points on 11-16 shooting from the floor.
His efforts early in the game gave the Thunder a halftime lead. But, he was barely utilized in the second half. He only took three shots in the third quarter, and only five in the fourth. It will be important for the Thunder to utilize George for the entire game as the season progresses. Paul George, keep shooting the ball!
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a few days off before facing the Miami Heat on Friday night. The game will tip-off at 7:00 PM CST, and it will be televised on FSOK. You can also listen to the radio broadcast at WWLS 98.1 FM.
This will be the teams first matchup against Miami this season. We should be in for a fantastic game Friday night. The Heat are currently in 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The Thunder will have to play their best basketball to come home with a win.
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