ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have seen much more misery than celebration this season.
But with one of the NBA’s best teams and its top scorer in town, the Magic made the most of a rare opportunity to enjoy the latter.
Tobias Harris slammed home a fast-break pass from Maurice Harkless at the buzzer to give the Orlando Magic a 103-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
With the Thunder leading 102-101 in the closing seconds, Kevin Durant missed a jumper to set up the last-second play, which was reviewed by officials and upheld.
Rookie Victor Oladipo, who had grabbed the rebound on Durant’s miss with 2.9 seconds left and passed ahead to Harkless to start the break, pounded his chest after the play and screamed “This is our floor!” as the crowd roared.
“I saw Victor get the (rebound) and I just wanted to be down there, whether or not he shot a layup or if he made it, congratulate him, to get a tip-in — anything,” Harris said. “But he kicked it to Mo and I just kept running. Mo saw me and my whole momentum was just to get it in the rim.”
Harris led the Magic with 18 points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 16. Orlando’s bench outscored the Oklahoma City’s 36-23.
The win gives the Magic their first four-game home winning streak in two years. It also snaps the Thunder’s five-game winning streak in the series.
“I was drawing up our defensive strategy unless they had point-something left on the clock,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “But we’ll take it.”
Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 points.
The loss was just the second in 14 games for Oklahoma City. Durant’s points and assists accounted for half of his team’s points in the first half. But he scored just 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting in the second half. He was 1 for 7 in the fourth.