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December 16, 2013

Thunder hold off scrappy Magic

OKC moves to 12-0 at home

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

"They’ve got two of the top players in the league with Durant and Westbrook,” Vucevic said. “They run that team, and they play very well together and they’ve been together for a while. They are a very good team. They play especially well at home. They’ll be right up there at the end of the season.”

Vucevic had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Arron Afflalo chipped in with a team-high 25 points, and guard Victor Oladipo added 15 points in the loss.

The Thunder received solid play up and down the lineup. Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, shot 11-for-18 for his 28 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists. In his last two outings, Durant has scored 59 points on 21-for-31 shooting.

For the third time in four games, Westbrook claimed a double-double with 20 points, 12 boards and six assists. Guard Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 16 points.

Despite being the only team in the Western Conference yet to lose at home, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks was not happy that his team let a 16 point fourth quarter lead collapse on them in final six minutes.

“We have to continue to remind ourselves there is 48 minutes of basketball,” Brooks said. “You have to play every possession. In the NBA you have to take a shot every 24 seconds. The lead goes down fast if you don’t get good shots, defend or get back on defense. The momentum shifted right there.”

Michael Kinney

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