The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 16, 2013

Thunder erase Magic


Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — —  Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder keep up their dominant play at home with a 117-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

The Thunder scored a season-high 73 points in the first half, shooting 64 percent from the floor and converting 18 of 22 free throws. Oklahoma City led by 27 in the second quarter before Orlando pulled to 73-56 at the break.

The Thunder led by 22 with 7 minutes to go in the third quarter before the Magic pulled within four midway through the fourth, prompting Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks had to put his starters back on the floor.

Westbrook’s third 3-pointer of the night with 2 minutes remaining helped assure the win and improve the Thunder to 30-4 at home this season.

Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 26 points, including 5-for-12 shooting on 3s.

The Thunder is at Dallas Sunday.

THUNDER 117, MAGIC 104

ORLANDO (104) – Harkless 5-9 1-4 12, Harris 4-10 10-10 19, Vucevic 8-15 5-5 21,  Nelson 10-22 1-2 26, Afflalo 10-24 0-0 20, Moore 1-6 0-0 2,  Harrington 0-0 0-0 0, Udrih 1-5 0-0 2, D.Jones 1-1 0-0 2,  D.Lamb 0-0 0-0 0, O’Quinn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-92 17-21 104.

OKLAHOMA CITY (117) — Durant 8-15 9-12 26, Ibaka 8-10 4-7 20, Perkins 2-4 1-4 5,  Westbrook 8-19 4-5 23, Sefolosha 2-4 1-2 5, Martin 5-9 5-7 15,  Collison 2-4 3-4 7, Fisher 2-3 0-0 4, P.Jones 4-5 0-0 8,  Jackson 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 42-76 29-43 117.



Orlando    26    30    28    20    —    104

Oklahoma City    39    34    22    22    —    117



3-Point Goals—Orlando 7-27 (Nelson 5-12, Harkless 1-3, Harris 1-3,  Udrih 0-1, Moore 0-2, Afflalo 0-6), Oklahoma City 4-13 (Westbrook 3-6,  Durant 1-5, Martin 0-1, Sefolosha 0-1). Fouled Out—None.  Rebounds—Orlando 38 (Vucevic 14), Oklahoma City 66 (Perkins 12).  Assists—Orlando 12 (Nelson 7), Oklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 6). Total  Fouls—Orlando 23, Oklahoma City 16. Technicals—Nelson, Perkins. A—18,203  (18,203).