Magic Musings: Orlando overpowered by Kevin Durant-less Thunder

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

Even with Kevin Durant sidelined because of a sore toe, the Oklahoma City Thunder had more than enough firepower Monday night to keep the Orlando Magic reeling.

The Magic dropped their ninth game in a row, although they made matters interesting in the final six minutes before losing 104-97. Down 93-73, they made the Thunder sweat it out a little as Willie Green knocked down three 3-pointers in the last two minutes.

Victor Oladipo was back after missing Saturday night's loss to Dallas because of a sore right Achilles, and he finished with a team-high 22 points. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points but had only seven rebounds before fouling out with 5:10 remaining.

The Thunder became the 13th consecutive team to top the 100-point mark at the Magic's expense. Their performance wasn't a dominating one like when they scored 79 first-half points two weeks ago at Orlando. But Dion Waiters, making his first start since joining the Thunder in a trade from Cleveland, scored 24 points, and Russell Westbrook already had a triple-double before the end of the third quarter.

The Thunder had lost four of their previous five games to drop below the .500 mark and hit only 34.6 percent of their shots Saturday night at Memphis. But they shot a shade under 50 percent against the Magic, who have gone 2-15 since Dec. 30.

Kyle O'Quinn, who didn't play at all against the Mavericks, had 11 points and eight rebounds off the Magic bench. Green finished with 13, his third double-figure scoring game in a row.

THE TURNING POINT

The Magic went almost eight minutes without a field goal over a stretch of the second and third quarters as the Thunder stretched their lead to as many as 20 points.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

Westbrook dominated rookie Elfrid Payton on his way to recording the 10th triple-double of his career with 25 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

STAT OF THE GAME

Oladipo was 2 of 4 from 3-point range, but the rest of the Magic missed all 13 of their attempts until Channing Frye hit one with 3:14 remaining.

WHAT'S NEXT

Wednesday night at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

You can follow Ken Hornack on Twitter @HornackFSFla or email him at khornack32176@gmail.com.


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