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Orlando Magic End Skid with 90-85 OKC Win at Home

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic (19-53) needed a win against Oklahoma City Thunder (20-51) at Amway Center Sunday to end their losing streak. OKC didn’t make it easy, though, hence the lower-scoring game.

 

First Half

In the first quarter, the Magic fell behind and caught up to lead more than once. They ended in the lead heading into second quarter, 31-25.

Darius Bazley led the scoring for OKC in the first half with 12 points. Isaiah Roby was OKC’s next biggest contributor with seven points, six rebounds and two assists.

Wendell Carter, Jr. led Orlando in scoring with 13 points, seven rebounds and was 6-9 on field goals.

While Mo Bamba only put up four points in the first half, he made a bigger impact with a team-leading eight rebounds.

Gary Harris and Chuma Okeke each contributed six points for Orlando in the first half; while Okeke also had four rebounds and an assist while Harris had two rebounds.

Orlando Magic went into halftime with a two-point lead, 45-43.

 

Second Half

Neither team put up major numbers in the third quarter due to competitive defense on both sides and low scoring. Orlando’s Wendell Carter, Jr. led in points for both teams with his additional seven points in the third.

With less than five minutes left in the game, the Magic finally closed the five-point gap to 76-all, which sent the crowd into an excited roar. Wendell Carter, Jr. followed with a dunk, giving the Magic a two-point lead.

After a timeout, Wendell Carter Jr. got fouled and went to the free throw line, successfully shooting two and putting the score at 80-76.

A series of fouls on each side–a typical fourth quarter for the Magic–led the score to 90-85. The Magic were able to hold OKC there and bleed out the clock for the win.

Isaiah Roby and Wendell Carter Jr. got double doubles on the night for their respective teams. Roby clocked 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Carter joined elite company with his career-high 30 points, 16 rebounds and 80 percent shooting: according to ESPN, he’s now third in Orlando Magic franchise history with Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal for that feat.

Oklahoma City return home Monday, March 21 to face the Boston Celtics at 8pm ET, while the Magic will play again at home Tuesday, March 22 against the Golden State Warriors at 7pm ET.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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