Oklahoma City, the popular pick to represent the Western Conference in the Finals began its quest for world NBA domination with a convincing victory over the Orlando Magic, 97-89. Durant lit up Orlando for 30 while Kendrick Perkins…and company…held Dwight Howard to 11 points on 4-11 shooting. Howard did have 15 rebounds.
James Harden, quickly becoming one of my favorite players, had 19 and Russell Westbrook 14. Ryan Anderson made 6 of 12 three point attempts and led the Magic with 25; Jameer Nelson had 18 and 6 dimes.
Orlando looks way out of sorts. Is it all the drama surrounding the future of resident superstar Dwight Howard? Too early to tell, but Howard just didn’t look like himself after looking good in the early minutes.
Kevin Durant is who most have winning the MVP this shortened season. He looked cool and focused and we can’t wait to see if the kid takes OKC to the next level.
This game was a blowout for most of the contest and nearly unwatchable because of Howard’s ineffectiveness. I’ve been very hard on Dwight because he should become one of the best of all time at his position. He has no NBA peer (Can Bynum stay healthy?), so I don’t get why he’s not around 30/20/5 for a season.
Maybe it’s Orlando. He’s not the type of outspoken athlete who will yell his way out of town and if Dwight does want to leave, he’s not being vocal at all about it. Yes, this was the first game of the season but if Orlando doesn’t resolve the drama, this could be a long season in Disney World.
Orlando shot an abysmal 37% while the Thunder was much better at 47%. Orlando outrebounded OKC 45-43. Orlando hit 8-28 from the arc; OKC 10-19.