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Thunder runs into a big roadblock against Magic

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: November 19, 2009 at 10:33 am •  Published: November 19, 2009
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/> On Tuesday, the Thunder dominated Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat — but 24 hours later was never in the game against the Magic.

"One thing we need to work on is being consistent,” Brooks said. "Tonight, we didn’t have it. They played good basketball. Give them a lot of credit. That’s one of the best teams we’ll play all year. We had a big win (Tuesday) night, but we have to be able to come out and play with the same effort.”

Over in the other locker room, Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy was preaching the same message.

Wednesday night, his team looked good because the Magic was 13-of-31 on 3-pointers and shot 55.8 percent during the first half. Six Magic players scored in double figures.

Similar to the Thunder’s 28-point win over Orlando earlier this month, the Magic was up by 15 points midway through the second quarter. Orlando pushed the lead to 30 late in the third quarter.

"We had a lot of guys play well and a lot of guys play with real good energy,” Van Gundy said. "That’s the No. 1 thing. That’s what I told them we’re looking for. Some nights the ball may not go in. What we need is consistent energy.”

One of the more difficult portions of the Thunder’s schedule isn’t quite done. After hosting the Washington Wizards on Friday night, the Thunder plays Sunday night against the Lakers in Los Angeles, then faces Utah on Tuesday before returning home for a five-game homestand.

"You can’t give in to the schedule,” Brooks said. "Every team has 82 games, and you have to deal with what the schedule says. We didn’t play well, and it had nothing to do with the schedule. Are we disappointed? Yes. But we have an opportunity to bounce back tomorrow.”

Box score: Orlando 108, Oklahoma City 94