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March 23, 2013

Thunder hold off scrappy Magic

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

Despite the loss, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he likes how his young team is closing the year.

“It’s just an unbelievable overall effort from every guy,” Vaughn said. “As a coach you want to be proud of your team and what they’re doing. Tonight’s effort typifies who we want to be.”

NOTES: The Thunder improved to 15-4 in games played after a loss this season. ... With O’Quinn’s start on Friday the Magic now have had 22 different starting lineups this season. “How many stages are in the Tour de France?” Vaughn said when asked about the latest incarnation of his lineup. “I’m trying to get there.”... Before his concussion, Vucevic had started the first 68 games of the season and was the last Magic player to miss a start. Vaughn said his return is to be determined as he goes through the league’s new concussion protocol. ... PGA golfer Bubba Watson, who is competing at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, was in attendance.

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