“Eric does a great job of handling that group very well,” Brooks said. “He knows what to do, he finds the shooters and he knows who has the hot hand.”
The Magic started the game shooting 8 for 9 from the field and led 18-11, but finished the first quarter shooting 1 for 15. Orlando shot just 37.0 percent (30 for 81) from the floor on the night and 28.6 percent (8 for 28) from 3-point range.
“I didn't think we were good at all in the first half, but we got much better in the second half,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Offensively, we were just not good all night.”
Forward Ryan Anderson led Orlando with 25 points, 6 for 12 shooting from 3-point range and 10 rebounds. Point guard Jameer Nelson had 18 points and six assists, and first-team All-NBA pick Dwight Howard had 15 rebounds and 11 points.
“I thought our defense was really good,” Brooks said. “We started off the game, they were making some tough shots. Orlando's one of the best teams in the league. They're one of the best offensive teams in basketball. They have Howard rolling to the basket, and their shooters are all over the floor. Anderson shoots like a shooting guard at 6-foot-10.”
The Thunder shot 47.2 percent (34 for 72) from the field and 52.6 percent (10 for 19) from 3-point range.
“Offensively, we had some good spurts,” Brooks said. “Kevin probably had his best passing game. He was finding open shooters across the court and that's when we've been stressing all of training camp.”
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