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Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 19 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Orlando Magic 97-89 on Friday night.
The Magic briefly took a one-point lead in the final period, but the Thunder hit eight of their final 10 free throws to help seal the victory.
The win ends a string of consecutive losses for the Thunder, who played the first of four straight games against teams with losing records. They entered the night trailing West-leading San Antonio by 2 1/2 games.
Maurice Harkless led the Magic with 25 points, followed by Jameer Nelson with 16.
Orlando lost its sixth straight.
They also lost starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo in the second quarter with a right hamstring injury.
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ORLANDO, Fla. It wasnt long ago when the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves going through what the Orlando Magic are now.
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Even before Maurice Harkless dropped a career-high 25 points against the Thunder on Friday, he was receiving praise from the highest source.
The NBA's leading scorer, Kevin Durant, was surprised to learn that the rookie was 19 years old and remarked that Harkless had grown up immeasurably in his defensively ability against him from that first matchup. In that 117-103 Thunder...
Kevin Durant couldn't get a shot off at the end of regulation and he could barely get one to fall all night.
In overtime, Russell Westbrook's miserable night continued with a pair of terrible decisions.
But then it looked like things were going to work out.
Durant responded with a jumper. Westbrook's dribble-drive and layup gave the Thunder a lead before Marc Gasol...
Another Thunder fan hit the MidFirst Bank halfcourt shot to win $20,000 during Sunday night’s game at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Kevin Durant stormed midcourt to help Justin Dougherty celebrate, LeBron style.
Arron Afflalo’s season ended Friday night when he left the game with a strained hamstring. He will not play in any of the team’s final 12 games.
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
Arron Afflalo, the Orlando Magic’s leading scorer, will miss the team’s final 12 games this regular season after he injured his right hamstring Friday night, team officials said.
Arron Afflalo will miss the final 12 games of the season with a strained hamstring, the Orlando Magic announced Saturday.
Afflalo injured his hamstring when he pulled up a little lame going after a loose ball in the second quarter of Friday's loss to Oklahoma City. He stayed on the floor for an extended period of time, holding his right hamstring before Doron Lamb and Al...
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As a native Oklahoma and lover of basketball, it's truly amazing for me personally that Oklahoma's first major league sports team was an NBA franchise. I am not one of the kids who was raised on Larry Bird or Michael Jordan. No, I fell in love with the game watching Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson.
So as a younger basketball fan, I do not try to act like I know anymore than...