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Thunder Game Day #74: at Orlando Magic

Oklahoma City Thunder (42-31, 15-21 away) vs. Orlando Magic (27-47, 14-23 home)
Wednesday, March 29 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Amyway Center (17,461)

Thunder Game Day #74: at Orlando Magicvs. Thunder Digest

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 5½-point favorite. O/U is 218½
Notes: Thunder: here | Magic: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Russell Westbrook powered Oklahoma City to an impressive come from behind win against Dallas on Monday night and now they’re taking that momentum to Orlando.
  • For Victor Oladipo, he returns home where he spent the first couple of seasons.
  • Orlando stunned the Thunder in Oklahoma City in November.
  • Oklahoma City has won four of the last five games in Orlando.
  • The Magic are are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).

WIN OVER MAVS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recap
  • Oklahoma City trailed by 13 with 3:31 left in the game, but went on a 14-0 run to secure the come-from-behind (Westbrook scored 12 of OKC’s final 14 points).
  • Russell Westbrook scored 16 total in fourth quarter as he finished with his third consecutive triple-double, his 37th this season.
  • Victor Oladipo scored 15 points in the game and shot 3-of-6 from the three-point line, his 11th straight game with a three-point field goal made.
  • The Thunder outscored the Mavericks 21-6 on the break.

SCOUTING THE MAGIC

  • The Orlando Magic are 27-47 on the season, 14th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Magic are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Orlando lost to the Raptors 131-112 on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City lost to the Magic on Nov. 13 in OKC 119-117.
  • The Thunder have beat the magic nine of the last 11 times they’ve met.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-6 all-time vs. the Orlando magic.
  • At the Peake, the Thunder are 4-4 at the Amway Center.
  • Jeff Green (back) is out.
  •  The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Orlando came on Nov. 8, 2009, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 102-74 (28-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (23 points) vs. the Magic occurred during an 88-111 loss on Feb. 25, 2o11.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 74 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 22 of the 74 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.
  • Westbrook is fifth all-time in triple-doubles.

ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST

Rank Name Triple-doubles
1 Oscar Robertson 181
2 Magic Johnson 138
3 Jason Kidd 108
4 Russell Westbrook 79

WESTBROOK TRIPLE-DOUBLE CAREER LIST

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INJURY REPORT

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City says hello to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
  • The Spurs are 57-16 on the season, second in the Western Conference.
  • The Spurs are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City and San Antonio are tied 1-1 in the regular season series.
  • San Antonio plays the Warriors tonight in San Antonio.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Hit the three

The Thunder are only hitting 30 percent of threes at home when they lose. They hit 36 percent from beyond the arc when they’re winning. It’s imperative the Thunder find the stroke and nail some threes tonight. If they go 4-of-21 again, this could be a bad night.

Make your free throws

Oklahoma City ranks 23rd in free throw shooting at 74.7 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. When they were winning games, Oklahoma City makes only 72 percent of their tries in March. Oklahoma City has done a better job this month to improve at the charity stripe.

Take care of the ball

Giving the Magic an opportunity to have a lot more chances than the Thunder is a part of the recipe for a loss. Oklahoma City had a lot of turnovers in their first meeting. They’ve found a combination that works as they’re marching toward the playoffs.

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