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[ORLANDO] — The Orlando Magic played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 106-114 defeat. The loss bumps Orlando's record down to 27-48 on the season, while the victory gives Oklahoma City a 43-31 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Magic would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was Russell Westbrook. Westbrook's borderline-historic night of 57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 0 blocks and 3 steals in 42 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Most importantly, the Thunder managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Westbrook keeps producing at this rate and Oklahoma City keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Orlando didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Nikola Vucevic did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 11 points, 16 rebounds and 1 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Russell Westbrook made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Magic can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Orlando wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Boston Celtics. The Thunder, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the San Antonio Spurs.

Magic Stats

Roster P R A B S M
N. Vucevic111612133
B. Biyombo121122020
E. Fournier24650141
A. Gordon13511441
E. Payton11681038
T. Ross23121145
M. Hezonja4521018
D. Augustin8220115
J. Meeks0110114

Thunder Stats

Roster P R A B S M
R. Westbrook5713110342
A. Roberson6932135
E. Kanter171000020
V. Oladipo13511144
S. Adams7902029
A. Abrines6110222
T. Gibson2400224
J. Grant0322019
D. Sabonis4200011
S. Christon2100112
N. Cole000014
D. McDermott000003
DetailsOrlandoOklahoma City
Game No.7574
Score106114
Average101.0107.0
Record27-4843-31
 
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Game MVPs

Russell
Westbrook

96.0 FP
2.29 FPPM
Nikola
Vucevic

44.0 FP
1.33 FPPM
Bismack
Biyombo

39.5 FP
1.98 FPPM

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