The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

The Thunder escape the Magic with the 120-114 victory

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for their third straight victory tonight after defeating the Houston Rockets on Monday, 112-107.  They will hope to do so as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.  As for the Magic, they will try to grab a second consecutive win.

Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 5 when the Magic fell to the Thunder, 102-94.  During that game, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished off 2 assists, committed one steal, and blocked one shot while Aaron Gordon had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic have seen each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Thunder won 38 games while the Magic grabbed 23 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.7 APG, 39.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 38.5 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Vic Law (G-League)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Steven Adams (ankle; 11.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 60.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Terrance Ferguson (personal; 5.1 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.8 FG%, 32.0 3P%)
-Abdel Nader (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.0 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Deonte Burton (coach’s decision; 2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 34.7 FG%, 14.7 3P%)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Kevin Hervey (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Thunder would have control of things in the first half as they shot sixty-three percent from the field, limiting the home team to just thirty-nine percent.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had five rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block while Nerlens Noel helped out with 10 points.

Both Danilo and Gallinari and Chris Paul chalked up six points each.  Gallinari earned three of his from beyond the arc as he grabbed four rebounds, dished out one assist, and committed one steal while Paul recorded one rebound, five assists, and one steal.  Dennis Schroder played 16 minutes off the bench as he dropped 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Vucevic chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Wes Iwundu, Evan Fournier, and Markelle Fultz all had five points while Aaron Gordon earned four points.  Terrence Ross played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 60-51 advantage.

The Magic will look to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 63-60 run, both teams shooting fifty-seven percent from the field each.  During that run, Vucevic added 10 more points to his scoring total while Gordon also scored 10 points.  Fournier, Fultz, and Iwundu combined for 14 points while Ross dropped 19 off the bench.

As for the Oklahoma team, Chris Paul scored 13 points but shot only thirty-eight percent.  Schroder chalked up 20 points off the bench as the Thunder held on to defeat the Magic, 120-114.  Dennis Schroder finished that game with a season-high-tying 31 points, along with 3 rebounds, and a season-high-tying 9 assists.  Terrence Ross settled for a season-high-tying 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will host Kemba Walker (22.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 39.0 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (28-14) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.6 APG, 44.7 FG%, 37.3 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-34) on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other during this season.

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