Thunder 101, Magic 98

Michael Kinney, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Forward Kevin Durant scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and guard Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 101-98 Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder improved to 12-0 at home, the longest home winning streak to start a season in the Oklahoma City era. However, the latest victory didn't come easily.
With the Thunder (19-4) leading by four and 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Westbrook committed a turnover, and Orlando forward Maurice Harkless turned it into a layup to close the gap to two points.
The Magic (7-17) fouled Durant, who made one of two from the free-throw line, and Orlando trailed 101-98 with 13 seconds to go.
The Magic got the ball to forward Glen Davis, who missed a 3-pointer, but center Nikola Vucevic got the rebound. Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka blocked Vucevic's shot but was called for goaltending. However, after the officials reviewed the play and overturned the call.
With 1.3 seconds left, the teams had a jump ball at midcourt. Orlando got the tip, but was unable to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
The Thunder received solid play up and down the lineup. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, shot 11-for-18 and handed out five assists. For the third time in four games, Westbrook claimed a double-double. Guard Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 16 points.
Orlando center Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Arron Affalo chipped in with a team-high 25 points, and guard Victor Oladipo added 15 points in the loss.
NOTES: Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn was asked if he saw similarities between his G Victor Oladipo and Oklahoma City G Russell Westbrook. "I am the anti-comparison coach probably in the league," Vaughn said. "I do not do comparisons." ... Oklahoma City C Kendrick Perkins had a tradition of going to the locker room before every game. Until recently, it was not a big deal, but local fans began to notice his absence during the national anthem each game and began to comment about it on social media. "I go in there and get my head together," Perkins said. "Sometimes I'll be in there meditating a little bit and then I come out. But I'm going to be out there from now on." ... Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefolosha was back in the starting lineup after missing three games with a sprained right knee. Rookie G Andre Roberson, who was called up from the NBA Development League's Tulsa 66ers, went to the bench.

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