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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 22, 2020
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida  Attendance: 18,846

Magic return home to face resilient Thunder

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic

  1. The Thunder defeated the Rockets on Monday, 112-107, despite trailing by 16 points at the end of the third quarter. Oklahoma City has an NBA-high 12 wins this season when trailing at the end of the third quarter; no other team has more than seven.
  2. The Magic went 3-3 on their six-game road trip, ending it with a 106-83 win over the Hornets on Monday. Orlando has held its opponent to fewer than 90 points in a game eight times this season, most in the NBA and double that of any other team (Lakers & Bucks -- 4 each).
  3. The Thunder are the only team in the NBA that has four different players with 700+ points this season: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (871), Dennis Schroder (789), Chris Paul (748) and Danilo Gallinari (709).
  4. Since returning from injury on December 15, Nikola Vucevic has averaged 20.2 points and 10.8 rebounds across 19 games. He is one of four players averaging at least 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over that time, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic.
  5. Chris Paul followed up a 30-point performance against the Trail Blazers on Saturday with a 28-point effort on Monday against Houston; his 58 points during this stretch are his most in any two-game span this season. Oklahoma City is 7-0 this season when Paul scores at least 25 points.
  6. The Thunder have won four straight games against the Magic, and are 14-3 against Orlando since these teams met on Christmas Day in 2011. A win tonight and Oklahoma City would tie its longest ever win streak against Orlando (five straight from 2011-13).

Heading into Wednesday's meeting in Orlando, both the Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder are coming off perhaps their most impressive victories of the season.

The Thunder rallied from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to win at Houston, while the Magic turned a sluggish start into a blowout victory at Charlotte to wrap up their longest road trip of the season.

Oklahoma City has made a habit of coming back from big deficits this season.

The Thunder trailed Monday's game by 17 at one point, making the win against the Rockets the fourth time this season they have won despite trailing by 17 or more points at any point.

"We showed it to everybody, to ourselves first, since the beginning of the season," forward Danilo Gallinari said of Oklahoma City's propensity for comebacks. "That's what we do."

In Orlando's 106-83 win over the Hornets on Monday, Terrence Ross hit five first-half 3-pointers to spur the victory after the Magic managed just 19 first-quarter points.

"That was one of our best wins because of our approach," Magic coach Steve Clifford said. "I thought our attitude was great and it set the whole thing up."

Ross has hit multiple 3-pointers in four consecutive games, averaging 15 points per game during that stretch.

"When he gets going, he doesn't need much room," Clifford said. "When he gets that look in his eye ... let's hope he has it again on Wednesday."

The Magic haven't played at home since Jan. 8.

Orlando was 3-3 on the road trip that included both a win over the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers and a loss at cellar-dwelling Golden State.

"Now that you look back at this road trip, it's not bad. ... We could have had a great trip, but 3-3, we'll take it," guard Evan Fournier told the Orlando Sentinel. "It was really just being mentally prepared and just do your job."

The Thunder have been limited on the interior recently and could be short-handed there yet again.

Starting center Steven Adams was knocked out of Monday's win over Houston less than two minutes into the game when he sprained his left ankle getting tied up under the basket with Rockets center Clint Capela.

Oklahoma City was also without Adams' backup, Nerlens Noel, for the seventh time in nine games due to left ankle soreness of his own. Starting forward Terrance Ferguson was out for personal reasons.

Orlando's injuries are much more long-term.

Forwards Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu could miss the rest of the season and point guard D.J. Augustin has missed the last four games and might be sidelined until mid-February. All are dealing with knee injuries.

The game is the second and final meeting of the season between the teams.

Oklahoma City won the first meeting, 102-94, at home on Nov. 5 in a game where Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander combined for 44 points.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2020

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