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Durant's 25 lift Thunder over Magic, 97-89

Friday - 3/22/2013, 11:06pm  ET

Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) tries to slam the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 22, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. The Thunder won 97-89. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

KYLE HIGHTOWER
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- This was supposed to be the beginning of a relatively easy stretch for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Locked in pursuit of San Antonio for the Western Conference's top playoff seed, the Thunder were looking forward to a few easy nights with four straight games against teams with losing records.

The Orlando Magic must have missed the memo.

The Thunder needed 25 points from Kevin Durant, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to hold off a short-handed, but inspired Magic team 97-89 on Friday night.

"That's what we have to hang our hat on is making plays on the defensive end," Durant said of Oklahoma City's late-game effort, which included holding Orlando without a field goal in the final 2:26. "We made big plays when we needed them."

Russell Westbrook added 19 points and Oklahoma City ended a two-game losing skid despite going just 5 for 21 from the 3-point line.

They entered the night trailing West-leading San Antonio by 2
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