There was “magic” in the air at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday night -just not for the Magic.
After 13 days off their home court, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Orlando Magic 112-105 and advanced to 35-27; 21-10 at home.
A win is a win, but this one may have been a little too close for comfort. The Thunder fell behind early in the game turning the ball over four times in the first quarter and were outscored 38-31 going into Q2.
The Thunder bench was what really brought a little magic to the floor with players like Alex Abrines picking up 12 points and Raymond Felton having 13 of his own in 13 minutes of play shooting 5-7 from the field and going 3-3 from 3-point range, but the big story is the strength and energy Steven Adams brought to OKC in the first half.
Adams ended the first half of play with 15 points and 7 rebounds, 5 of which were on the defensive end. The Thunder defense struggled early on giving up 62 points in the first half where the Magic were shooting at nearly 70 percent from 3-point range.
Paul George, however, came out of the locker room after halftime ready to battle.
PG ended the night with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. The ignition of the Thunder bench helped OKC to surge mid-third quarter where they found their first lead since the beginning of the game and were able to pull ahead by 12 with five minutes remaining in the final quarter. The bench ended the game with a total of 48 points.
With powerful second-team players like Abrines, Felton and Jerami Grant, the Thunder were able to hang on and send the Magic back home with their 42nd loss. This will be the sixth consecutive losing season for the Magic as they head back to Orlando to host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
The Thunder are on the road for a three-game road stretch making a stop in Dallas tomorrow to face the Mavericks, heading to Phoenix on Friday to battle the Suns and will be in Portland Saturday night to go head-to-head with the Trail Blazers. The Thunder will be back in Chesapeake Energy Arena next Tuesday to host the Rockets and will have two more home games that week.
Watch here to see what Billy Donovan, Paul George, Raymond Felton and Alex Abrines had to say about the victorious night over Orlando: