The Orlando Magic shot 38-80 (47.5%) from the field and turned it over on only nine possessions, to sneak past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-102. Orlando (15-37) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Tobias Harris scored 18 points on 6-17 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. Other key players for Orlando included Arron Afflalo with 16 points and 5 assists, and Nikola Vucevic with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Durant had another strong performance for Oklahoma City in the loss, scoring 29 points on 10-22 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-7 from the free throw line. He also registered 12 assists and 5 rebounds. Serge Ibaka chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds.
Surprisingly, the offense of Orlando (ranked 26th in the NBA in offensive efficiency) scored 1.11 points per possession to outperform the elite defense of Oklahoma City (ranked first in defensive efficiency). The Magic posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.78. This year, they are 2-2 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Thunder are 3-4 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This drops Oklahoma City (40-12) to 1-1 against Orlando on the year.
Coming up next, the Magic battle the Indiana Pacers, who are 39-10 on the year. The Thunder go up against the New York Knicks, currently 20-30 this season. The Magic lost their last two meetings with Indiana. The Thunder have a 1-0 record against New York this season.