Zero hope, no chance of winning, you get the picture. Without one Kevin Durant, the Thunder can pretty much sum the game against the Magic in one word -- nothing.
I really wish it was that simple, but there does need to be more said about the 17-point defeat. Orlando overpowered Oklahoma City in the paint, and the visiting Magic cruised to a massive 71-42 lead at halftime. The deficit was as large as 32 points in the third quarter before the Thunder came alive with Jeff Green leading the charge.
Durant was sidelined with an ankle injury, and he had to watch Dwight Howard destroy OKC. Howard finished with the incredible line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocks, and the Thunder were left dreaming about big men who do it all. Green did his best Durant impression, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but Orlando was in complete control from the opening tip.
Johan Petro played only ten minutes in the game but contributed 8 points. Either trying to defend Howard was too much, or he had to leave with an undisclosed injury. Carbert's preview on Friday will update everyone on the condition of OKC's walking wounded.