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Feb 08

Grades: Orlando Magic 103, Oklahoma City Thunder 102

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Orlando Magic 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Oklahoma City Thunder

Arron Afflalo
3-11 FG | 9-10 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -9

Nothing came easy for Afflalo on offense, given that he was being checked by Thabo Sefolosha — one of the better wing defenders in the NBA. Afflalo had to work for his points, but he got them nonetheless by getting to the free throw line (9-for-10). That being said, Sefolosha deserves credit for using his length to disrupt Afflalo all night long.

Nikola Vucevic
4-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | 0

Vucevic had a modest game. He managed to get a double-double, despite struggling to make jump shots, layups, and putbacks (basically everything). The latter of the two had more to do with Serge Ibaka’s interior defense than anything else. Ibaka didn’t block any of Vucevic’s shot, but he disrupted quite a few of them. That’s why Ibaka is an elite defender.

Tobias Harris
6-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +1

Wow. What a magical comeback (pun intended). It was Harris’ game-winning dunk, on a fast break no less, that gave Orlando an improbable, upset win over the Thunder — the best team in the Western Conference. Was it a better moment than when Darrell Armstrong stole an inbounds pass and made a game-winning layup against the Philadelphia 76ers in 1999? Take your pick. There’s no wrong answer.

Victor Oladipo
5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +10

Although Harris was (rightfully) the hero of the game, Oladipo was the architect of Orlando’s come-from-behind victory. He corralled the rebound and triggered the fast break that led to Harris’ game-winning dunk. But even before that, Oladipo and the rest of the “Young Guns” helped erase OKC’s lead in the fourth quarter that led to the penultimate play. It was a fearless effort from the rookie.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Depending on how the Thunder’s season plays out in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the West, they may regret letting this one slip away. Despite excellent performances from Kevin Durant (29 points, 12 assists, five rebounds) and Serge Ibaka (26 points, six rebounds, five blocks), Oklahoma City blew a 17-point lead to a Magic squad they should have beaten.