ORLANDO – The Oklahoma City Thunder had too many weapons to choose from tonight and reigned victorious over the Orlando Magic. Paul George set the stage for OKC’s offense scoring 31 points in the first half. After cooling down considerably, only scoring 6 more points for the remainder of the game, Dennis Schroder stole the show.
Coming off the bench for OKC, Schroder scored 18 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter alone and extended the deficit that put away the game.
“I do the same every night,” Schroder suggested. “I try to stay aggressive, look for my shot, look for open teammates and just make the right play. It’s not like I’m out there 48 minutes, but it’s working out so far.”
The Magic seemed to catch on and managed to throw some water on George’s flame but that left room for Westbrook and Schroder to really heat things up. Nikola Vucevic lead the Magic with 27 points. Evan Fournier followed with 17 and Gordon not far behind with 16 points in the game. Terrance Ross showed heart coming off the bench and added 16 points to the scoreboard but the Magic still came up short with 126-117 loss to OKC at home.
During the aftermath of another loss, coach Steve Clifford stressed his disappointment during to the media and did not leave room for questions to be asked.
“When you are not going to run back on every single possession. Which takes no talent by the way, all it takes it effort.” Suggested Clifford. “Whether you missed a shot. Got your shot blocked. Thought you got fouled, whatever it is. Frustration. Disappointment. Celebration whatever it is. You have to run back or they will make you pay. And they made us pay.”
Westbrook helped delivery that Payment with his 4th triple-double in a row. Scoring 23-points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists on the Magic’s home court.
With the season dwindling down to its last few months, the Orlando Magic are running out of time to snag a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a tough schedule ahead, one can’t help but wonder if their season is coming to an end sooner than their fans had hoped.