Thunder Escape the Super-Sized Orlando Magic, 116-108

The Orlando Magic and Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, took against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their fourth home game of the year.

Despite a fierce fight from the Magic's formidable roster, the Thunder overcame a 15-point deficit to win 116-108 in the fourth quarter thanks to some clutch performance.

Josh Giddey rejoined the Thunder's starting lineup after missing the previous three contests due to an ankle sprain. Jalen Williams, a fan favourite rookie, also made his debut as a starter.

Wendell Carter, Jr., and Bol Bol combined for 11 points in the opening minutes for the Magic, making it difficult for Oklahoma City to contain them. This caused Thunder starting centre Jeremiah Robinson-Earl to receive two quick fouls.

However, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and company were able to equalise the score at 19 each in the middle of the first quarter. The Thunder then went on to win the first quarter 33-32 thanks to some clutch shooting from youngster Ousmane Dieng.

The Thunder carried over their momentum from the first quarter into the second, moving the ball around, creating plays on both ends of the floor, and opening up an early nine-point lead behind Giddey and the second unit.

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