Gordon has 40 and 15, Magic beat Thunder to end 9-game skid
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 30, 2017 11:29 AM
FILE - PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 17: Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic goes to the basket against the Phoenix Suns on March 17, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon had 40 points and 15 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic end a nine-game losing streak with a 121-108 victory over the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Russell Westbrook hit five three-pointers and scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who lost for the fifth time in six games and dropped their seventh straight on the road. Westbrook shot 7-for-10 on three's and added 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Elfrid Payton had 19 points and Evan Fournier added 16 for the Magic, who shot 59 percent in winning for the first time since Nov. 10 (Nov. 11, PHL time).
The Thunder went without a field goal for more than five minutes late in the third period, then went scoreless for the first 3.5 minutes of the fourth. They were outscored 28-5 during that span.
Fournier’s free throw with 4:22 left in the third quarter put Orlando ahead to stay.
The Magic led 100-80 when Westbrook made the first of his fourth-quarter three's, and his last one cut Orlando’s lead to 109-99 with 4:01 remaining. But Nikola Vucevic hit an open jumper and Payton sank a free throw to turn back the Thunder’s comeback attempt.
Westbrook drove for a dunk to leave the Thunder down 59-57 after a first half in which the Magic shot 58 percent. Gordon scored 20 points and shot nine free throws.
Jonathon Simmons’ three-pointer stretched an early Orlando lead to 11 points, but Paul George responded with a scoring burst of 10 points to get the Thunder right back in the game.
George finished with 22 points for Oklahoma City.
Thunder: The game ended Westbrook’s streak of three straight triple-doubles against Orlando, including his 57-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist performance in an overtime win here on March 29 (Mar. 30, PHL time).
Magic: G-F Terrence Ross left in the second quarter with a right knee injury. ... The Magic came in ranked 29th in total rebound percentage and defensive rebound percentage. “We have guys that don’t commit to boxing out, quite frankly,” coach Frank Vogel said.
Thunder: Friday night’s (Saturday, PHL time) home game against Minnesota will be the first of 13 games in 24 days.
Magic: The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who have beaten the Magic nine straight times, make their annual visit to Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).