OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - DECEMBER 25: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks to drive on Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the NBA season opening game December 25, 2011 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Orlando 97-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
The Orlando Magic will take on the Thunder on Thursday looking to avenge a loss in the first game of the year.
The Orlando Magic and the Oklahoma City Thunder will face off tonight in one of the Thursday night NBA showcase games. The game starts at 8 pm and can be seen on TNT.
This is the second time these two teams will meet this year after the Thunder shut down Howard and the Magic down in a 97-89 victory. Howard piled up 15 rebounds but only managed 11 points on 4-12 shooting as the Thunder clamped down defensively. The Thunder were led, not surprisingly, by Kevin Durant who had 30 points. James Harden scored 19 points off the bench in what should have been a sign to come for his breakout season. The Magic played well enough on defense to win that game, but their offense will have to be better on Thursday if they want to win.
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