ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Oklahoma City Thunder visited the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center Wednesday and defeated the Magic 120-114. The Thunder’s leading scorer was Dennis Schroder, who tallied 31 points and led the offense for the Thunder, which shot 60.5% from the field. Chris Paul added 19 points with six assists and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Terrance Ross was the leading scorer for the Magic with 26 points and Nikola Vucevic chipped in 24 points and 11 rebounds.
With 8:34 remaining in the second quarter, the Magic were able to get stops and closed OKC’s lead to 66-63 with a 12-6 run to start the period. However, the Thunder then had a 14-2 run in three minutes, increasing their lead to a 15-point deficit. Thunder led at halftime 60-51.
The Magic answered with a surge of their own late in the third quarter, led by Terrance Ross. With 27.7 seconds left in the period, Ross made a 27-foot 3-pointer while being fouled on the play. His free throw tied the game at 89-89. Thunder answered with a made 3-pointer before the period ended, taking the lead going into the fourth quarter, 92-89.
With 3:46 remaining in the fourth, the Magic had an opportunity to take the lead with free throws by Aaron Gordon, but he wasn’t able to capitalize on any of them, despite the close score of 107-106. OKC scored 13 more points to close out the game.
The Magic’s next home game is Friday, January 24 at 7pm as they host Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics.
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