Durant's buzzer-beater lifts Thunder over Magic, 117-114

BY foxsports • February 3, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer with just a half-second on the clock, Russell Westbrook posted his third straight triple-double with 24 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic 117-114 on Wednesday night.

Durant's buzzer-beater capped a 37-point outing for Oklahoma City, which has won five straight and 12 of its last 13. Durant extended his streak of games with 20 or more points to 36, the longest run in the NBA.

Westbrook has eight triple-doubles this season, five coming in the last 11 games. It was the 27th triple-double of his career, moving him into a tie with Rajon Rondo for second place among active players, behind only LeBron James with 39.

Victor Oladipo scored 37 points - just one off his career high - to lead Orlando, which has lost 14 of its last 16 games.

The Magic have dropped nine of their last 10 games against Oklahoma City, including a double-overtime thriller in Orlando on Oct. 30, in which they blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead.

Orlando led into the final minute on Wednesday before Westbrook tied the game at 114 with a driving layup with 29.4 seconds left. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka blocked a layup attempt by Oladipo and Dion Waiters grabbed the rebound for the Thunder.

Eschewing a timeout, Waiters passed the ball to Durant, who stopped about 28 feet from the basket and knocked down the 3-pointer to put Oklahoma City ahead. After a timeout, Oladipo missed a well-guarded 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Oklahoma City shot 56.3 percent and Orlando, 54 percent in the first half, with the Thunder leading 66-65 after Westbrook's three-point play with 11.3 seconds left before halftime. Orlando pulled within 96-94 heading into the fourth quarter after Mario Hezonja's second buzzer-beating 3-pointer of the game.

Durant ended a streak of seven straight misses for the Thunder with a 3-pointer with 2:45 left to put Oklahoma City up 112-111. Jason Smith answered with a corner 3-pointer for Orlando with 2:32 left, and no one else scored until the final minute.

Ibaka finished with six blocks to go with nine points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma City, while Enes Kanter had 13 points. Hezonja and Nikola Vucevic each scored 16 points for Orlando, while Tobias Harris added 15 and Smith 13.


Magic: Center Dewayne Dedmon sat out after spraining a foot during Orlando's practice on Tuesday. Coach Scott Skiles said he didn't think Dedmon's injury was long-term. ... Oladipo was called for a technical foul in the third quarter for complaining about a no-call, and about four minutes after that, Elfrid Payton also received a technical after being called for a foul. ... Smith was called for a flagrant foul for pushing Steven Adams on a second-quarter shot attempt.

Thunder: Durant moved into 91st place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 16,744 points, passing Latrell Sprewell (16,712). Durant is 13 points behind No. 90 Elton Brand. ... Durant spent Tuesday night watching No. 1 Oklahoma rout TCU in Norman. ... Oklahoma City has won eight straight home games.


Magic: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday

Thunder: Visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday