ORLANDO The Oklahoma City Thunder are what the Orlando Magic wishes it could be a small market team with a superstar who loves where he is.
The Magic, unfortunately, don't have what the Thunder do. And Dwight Howard is no Kevin Durant.
The Thunder and Durant today are flying toward the NBA Finals, sporting the best record (29-7) in the league. The Magic and Howard are headed for a bitter divorce, about to go down in flames.
One is a happy town, a happy team. The other isn't sure what to do.
The contrast was never more obvious than Thursday night when the Thunder erased an 11-point, four-quarter deficit and rode Durant to a 105-102 victory.
Both teams had played on the road the night before, but only one team played hard until the end Thursday. And only one of the stars carried his team down the stretch. It isn't hard to guess which team, or which star, did what.
"Our fourth quarter defense was pathetic," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We didn't deserve to win."