SERGE Ibaka capped his career best performance with a game-winning jumper in his return to Oklahoma City after getting traded to Orlando, as the Magic edged the Thunder, 119-117, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
Ibaka hit a baseline jumper with 0.4 seconds left and Nick Collison couldn’t convert on a lob pass from Russell Westbrook in the next play as Orlando handed Oklahoma City its third straight loss, all at home, after a 6-1 start. The game-winning jumper sealed Ibaka’s career high with 31 points along with nine rebounds and four blocks.
Evan Fournier tied the game at 117 with a three-pointer at the 0:29 mark, and Westbrook missed his own pullup jumper with 11 seconds to go as Orlando called for time to set up Ibaka’s winner.
The Magic started out hot, leading by as much as 21 in the first half, with Ibaka dropping 19 to match Westbrook’s output at the break. But the Thunder rallied back and took an 84-82 lead entering the tightly contested fourth period.
Elfrid Payton had 23 points and Fournier added 21 to help snap Orlando’s three-game slump and push the Magic’s record to 4-6.
Westbrook had a monster triple-double with 41 points, 16 assists, and 12 rebounds while Enes Kanter had 16 markers off the bench for the Thunder.