Oklahoma City, Okla.
(25-13) vs. (26-13)
Line: Magic by 1
Tickets: $15-$473 on TiqIQ
--The Magic saw warning signs well before their nine-game winning streak ended Wednesday in New Orleans. Orlando fought hard, but made some key mistakes when they mattered most. A late run was all that kept this game close and gave the Magic a chance to win. The Hornets successfully took Orlando out of its offensive flow. Stan Van Gundy liked the way his team fought, but said there was a general lack of energy in Wednesday's loss. Three Hornets players had double-doubles including a surprise near double-double from Marcus Thornton. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk says an off shooting night might have been expected.
--Dwight Howard is, to his credit, saying he has not even thought about the summer of 2012. He is focused on winning this year.
--Oklahoma City needed a strong second half, especially from Kevin Durant, to get the franchise's first win in Houston since 2005. It was Oklahoma City's third win in a row. And this one was a long time coming in Houston.
--Dwight Howard picked up a technical foul with about 90 seconds left in the game that allowed the Hornets to take a seven-point lead late. John Hollinger of TrueHoop writes, Howard's technical foul was costly not only for the game at hand, but also for that looming suspension.
--Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman is still waiting for Charles Barkley to visit.
--Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks is pleased with his team's offense right now, Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman writes.
--Daily Thunder sees several difficult matchups for Oklahoma City against Orlando.
--Several Magic players joined Chris Duhon in visiting his high school at a basketball game while in the New Orleans area.
--The Thunder will honor Oklahoma City police officer Katie Lawson, who was shot multiple times in August, at Thursday's game.
--Royce Young of Daily Thunder gives a detailed update about Thunder center Cole Aldrich's stint in the D-League.
--Zorgon of Welcome to Loud City analyzes the recent trades for Orlando.