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Friday, February 7th
(All times Eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (40-11) at Orlando Magic (14-37), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder were unsuccessful their last
time out on the road and hope to find prosperity Friday against the Orlando
Magic at Amway Center.
The Thunder dropped a 96-81 decision at Washington last Saturday, but
rebounded with back-to-back home victories versus Memphis and Minnesota. In
Wednesday's 106-97 triumph over the Timberwolves, NBA leading scorer Kevin
Durant (31,0 ppg) had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka scored 20 and 14 points, respectively, in the
win and Derek Fisher added 13 points. The Thunder used a 12-2 run spanning the
end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter to take a
comfortable lead and become the first team in the league with 40 wins.
"I thought we played good defense for only about four minutes in the first
quarter and then in the fourth quarter. Other than that we didn't play the
kind of defense we usually do," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said.
Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of its last 13 games, dodged a bullet with
Wolves star forward Kevin Love sidelined with a stiff neck.
The Thunder are 18-8 as the visitor and had won six in a row away from home
until losing at the Wizards.
Orlando will resume its four-game homestand Friday and opened the stay with
Wednesday's 112-98 triumph over the Detroit Pistons.
Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, Glen Davis had 18 and both Arron Afflalo and
Maurice Harkless netted 15 points in the win, Orlando's third straight at home
and second overall in the last seven tries. The Magic outscored the Pistons
31-17 in the second quarter and led by as many as 20 points in the second
"Hopefully we can just keep building off this into the next game," Harkless
The Magic are 11-14 in central Florida this season and will also welcome
Indiana and Memphis to Amway Center on this homestand.
Orlando dropped a 101-98 decision at Oklahoma City on Dec. 15 and has lost
five straight and seven of the last nine matchups between the teams. The
Thunder, though, have lost 11 of the last 15 trips to Orlando.
02/07 10:27:36 ET