So Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are Still Kinda Good
Nightly in Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort, audiences are treated to Fantasmic!, a live show that features spectacular stunts and special effects focused around a plot where Mickey Mouse does battle with several renowned Disney villains.
Unfortunately for their neighbors, the Orlando Magic, Mickey wasn't on hand to provide help with two antagonists from Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook tallied 48 points and 11 rebounds, while cohort Kevin Durant added 43 points and 12 rebounds, and their Oklahoma City Thunder took home an exciting 139-136 victory over the Magic on Friday night. The win gave new OKC head coach Billy Donovan a win in his return to the state of Florida, where he spent nearly two decades coaching the University of Florida Gators basketball team.
Durant and Westbrook helped the Thunder live up to their name, providing rumbling heroics in front of the Amway Arena crowd, exchanging the hero label as if it were the ball. With OKC down 111-108, in the final minute of regulation time, Durant appeared to be the one that would send the game into overtime, jacking up a triple to knot things up at 111. In a vain attempt to send the hometown crowd home happy, Victor Oladipo sank a three-pointer of his own to put Orlando up 114-111.
While the Orlando crowd blissfully celebrated the upcoming victory, Westbrook made his way down the floor, and threw up yet another trey try from just within mid-court. The shot sank, ad we headed for overtime, one that saw Durant and Westbrook build up a precarious lead in the final seconds. But Oladipo, again trying to be a lightning rod to the Thunder, sank yet another key three, delaying the ride home once more by bringing about a 126-126 deadlock.
To ensure that the pesky Oladipo would not try his game tying antics once more, OKC built up a five point lead in the 6th quarter. When Orlando did come into possession of the ball with under 10 seconds ago, they did end up having a chance to tie the game once more with a 139-136 deficit to match. However, the desperate heave from Oladipo was swatted away by none other than Durant himself, showing a display of defensive prowess that was hard to come by in the rest of the game. The win allowed OKC to start the year off 2-0.
Looking to return to the postseason after an injury plagued 2014-15 season, the Thunder now start the year 2-0 after not only topping the Spurs on Thursday, but stealing a thrilling victory on the road. They're averaging 125.5 points per game thus far in the infant season, tops in the league.
Check out the highlights of the epic OKC W below. It's easily the most exciting game of the NBA season....I mean not that the sample size is that big or anything....
While Geoff Magliocchetti appreciates the Oklahoma City Thunder, he, like many, misses the Seattle SuperSonics. Reminisce with him on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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