Oklahoma City Thunder

Second Half Comeback Leads To A Win Over The Magic

Craig Hofeld



The Thunder got off to a very solid start on the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, the success on offense came at a cost. The Thunder’s defense was nowhere to be found. Typically it’s the offense that struggles early in the game, but in this game it was the defense. The Magic led 32-31 after twelve minutes.

Billy Donovan tried a new lineup with Deonte Burton, just trying to get something going for the Thunder. However, the Thunder continued to struggle. Oklahoma City simply wasn’t playing good basketball in the second quarter. Fortunately, Paul George got going a bit with 13 points in the quarter to cut Orlando’s lead to 69-62 at halftime.

After letting the Magic shoot 58% in the first half, the Thunder’s defense came out looking to improve. Things got a bit worse before improving, as Orlando’s shooting percentage got to 60%. Halfway through the quarter Dennis Schröder checked in and brought some life to this team. The Thunder went on a 29-10 run late in the third to take a 98-92 lead heading into the final quarter.

The final quarter of this game showed that the Thunder were the more experienced team. The veteran leadership on this team really made a huge difference. The Thunder took a big lead early in the quarter, before the Magic eventually battled back to get it close once again. However, Oklahoma City kept their composure to hold onto a big comeback win.


Paul George had a great game, but there was one player who turned the momentum of this game around. Dennis Schröder checked in during the third quarter and completely changed the tempo in which the Thunder was playing. He was able to knock down some shots and contribute on defense to lead the Thunder to their big scoring run. With 20 points on 9-15 shooting from the bench, Dennis Schröder earns player of the game.


The Thunder will be back at home once again on Thursday night. They will take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 PM CST. It will be televised on FSOK and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

This will be OKC’s first matchup against Memphis this season. The Thunder will be taking on a team who is in the middle of transitioning into a new era without Marc Gasol. The Thunder should have the clear advantage in this one, and can look to start a new winning streak.

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