The Magic never led in the second half against the Thunder on Friday night. You would be hard pressed to find a player hanging their head too low or a fan that was not excited about the effort the Magic put forth against the defending Western Conference champions.
That is what happens when a 27-point first-half deficit is cut to four with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Yes, the lowly Orlando Magic made the might Oklahoma City Thunder sweat.
That was about all the Magic could do however. The Thunder are still the Thunder. Kevin Durant is still Kevin Durant. And Russell Westbrook is still Russell Westbrook.
Oklahoma City snapped into action down the stretch. Defensively, the Thunder clamped down on a hot Arron Afflalo. And Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each hit some big 3-pointers to help Oklahoma City stave off Orlando's rally for a 117-103 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday night.
Late game execution has been a theme all season for the Magic. The team with the more talented players who were able to create for themselves and for others won. It was no coincidence that the team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was able to get good shots and make difficult shots and the team with Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo was unable to do so.
No knock on Nelson and Afflalo for that statement.no comments