OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 32 in his fourth career triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder fought off the Orlando Magic, 125-124, Thursday night for its fourth straight win.
Westbrook also had 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s highest-scoring game of the season. It was the second straight game the Thunder set a season high for points in regulation, and this time it even surpassed its output in a triple-overtime win against New Jersey.
Dwight Howard led Orlando with 39 points and 18 rebounds, and J.J. Redick made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points while leading a failed fourth-quarter comeback.
The Magic, which has been surging following those blockbuster trades that overhauled the roster, lost its second straight after a nine-game winning streak.
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Jeff Green whirled and connected on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing to provide the Thunder a little bit of cushion after Orlando had whittled a 12-point deficit down to 111-110 midway through the fourth quarter.
Redick went 3-for-3 from 3-point range during the Magic’s 14-5 run, and Howard’s hook shot inside got Orlando within one with 4:46 to play. After Westbrook missed a pair of free throws, Jameer Nelson missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key that would’ve put Orlando in front.
Instead, Durant hit a 3 at the other end and Green followed a few possessions later with his desperation 3 that made it 119-112 with 2:51 remaining.
Durant scored Oklahoma City’s final six points as Orlando got within two three times in the final minute. He hit all four of his free throws and hit a tricky leaner over Hedo Turkoglu from the left side with 8.1 seconds to go after the Thunder had drained the shot clock.