Durant Knocks Down 30 As Thunder Blast Magic 97-89

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Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant put on a show for the home fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday night as his club handily defeated the Orlando Magic Sunday night 97-89. Durant knocked down 30 points in the game shooting 11-19 from the floor and 2-4 from outside the arc. James Harden came off the bench for Oklahoma City and chipped in 19 points in the victory. Ryan Anderson led the way for Orlando as he recorded a double-double with 25 points; however the Magic shot just 37.0% (30-81) from the floor which was not good enough to compete in this game.

Harden would be the hero for the Thunder in the closing moments of the first as he hit five straight shots from the charity stripe giving his club a 27-22 edge at the end of the period. Oklahoma City would put some distance between themselves and their opponents in the second. Harden hit a short jumper with four seconds to play and put his team on top 55-41 as the contest reached the half.

The Magic would fall even further behind in the third and once again Harden would put the dagger in the collective hearts of the team from Orlando as he knocked down two buckets in the last 40 seconds of play. The Thunder would hold the lead at 81-63 at the end of the quarter and they would coast through the final 12 minutes of action.

Durant scored 30 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the victory. Harden came off the pine with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Russell Westbrook put up 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Anderson racked up a double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Jameer Nelson scored 18 points, 6 assists and 1 rebound while Dwight Howard would also record a double-double as he had 11 points, 15 boards, 2 blocks and a steal. The Thunder head north as they take on the T-Wolves in Minnesota on Monday while Orlando play host to the Houston Rockets on Monday.

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