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Gordon has 40 and 15, Magic beat Thunder to end 9-game skid

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Aaron Gordon never got out of control, and that made all the difference for the Magic.

''I think that's what was special about his night - he wasn't out there trying to play superhero,'' coach Frank Vogel said. ''He played within himself for the most part, and as a result he shot a high percentage.''

Gordon had 40 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday to help Orlando end a nine-game losing streak with a 121-108 win over the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder.

''I was just aggressive, taking opportunities, not passing anything up. If the open pass presented itself, then I was making the right read,'' he said.

Gordon made 13 of 23 shots (57 percent) and scored 20 points in each half. He played the entire second half.

''He played under control, that was the biggest thing,'' Magic guard D.J. Augustin said. ''It didn't even look like he had that many points because he wasn't forcing anything.''

Russell Westbrook hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Westbrook shot 7 for 10 on 3s and added 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

''It's my responsibility to make sure we're ready to play on both sides of the ball,'' Westbrook said. ''To get us out of this funk we've got to lock in. That starts with me and I'll take ownership because I've been here (and) I know the standards we set.''

Elfrid Payton had 19 points and Evan Fournier added 16 for the Magic, who shot 59 percent in winning for the first time since Nov. 10.

The Thunder went without a field goal for more than five minutes late in the third period, then went scoreless for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth. They were outscored 28-5 during that span.

''When the ball moves and you generate assists ... you're going to shoot a relatively high percentage,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''I thought in the second half we weren't really able to do that consistently.''

Fournier's free throw with 4:22 left in the third quarter put Orlando ahead to stay.

The Magic led 100-80 when Westbrook made the first of his fourth-quarter 3s, and his last one cut Orlando's lead to 109-99 with 4:01 remaining. But Nikola Vucevic hit an open jumper and Payton sank a free throw to turn back the Thunder's comeback attempt.

Paul George scored 22 points for the Thunder, who went 0-7 on the road in November.

TIP-INS

Thunder: The game ended Westbrook's streak of three straight triple-doubles against Orlando, including his 57-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist performance in an overtime win here on March 29.

Magic: G-F Terrence Ross left in the second quarter with a right knee injury. ... The Magic came in ranked 29th in total rebound percentage and defensive rebound percentage. ''We have guys that don't commit to boxing out, quite frankly,'' Vogel said.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Friday night's home game against Minnesota will be the first of 13 games in 24 days.

Magic: The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who have beaten the Magic nine straight times, make their annual visit to Orlando on Friday night.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 G
A. Gordon
00 F
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
40.6 Field Goal % 51.0
40.9 Three Point % 50.4
72.1 Free Throw % 76.5
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon 0:14
  Andre Roberson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
  Offensive rebound by Steven Adams 0:18
  Russell Westbrook missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  Lost ball turnover on Evan Fournier, stolen by Russell Westbrook 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon 0:33
  Andre Roberson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:36
+ 1 Andre Roberson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:36
  Shooting foul on Evan Fournier 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 0:43
  Elfrid Payton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:43
Team Stats
Points 108 121
Field Goals 38-96 (39.6%) 45-76 (59.2%)
3-Pointers 12-32 (37.5%) 13-30 (43.3%)
Free Throws 20-30 (66.7%) 18-26 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 62 45
Offensive 21 2
Defensive 27 35
Team 14 8
Assists 17 28
Steals 8 9
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 13 13
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 1 0
37 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST
40 PTS, 15 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Thunder 8-12 25322328108
home team logo Magic 9-13 31282834121
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 8-12 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Magic 9-13 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook G 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
A. Gordon F 17.6 PPG 7.9 RPG 2.3 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook G 37 PTS 11 REB 5 AST
A. Gordon F 40 PTS 15 REB 4 AST
39.6 FG% 59.2
37.5 3PT FG% 43.3
66.7 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 37 37 11 5 5 0 7 3 11/23 7/10 8/12 4 7 56 -5
P. George 40 22 5 5 1 0 2 2 7/17 2/6 6/7 1 4 36 -12
C. Anthony 34 16 7 2 0 1 1 2 5/16 3/9 3/3 0 7 27 -3
A. Roberson 30 11 9 1 0 1 2 1 5/8 0/2 1/2 6 3 21 +1
S. Adams 28 6 8 0 1 1 0 4 3/10 0/0 0/2 7 1 16 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 37 37 11 5 5 0 7 3 11/23 7/10 8/12 4 7 56 -5
P. George 40 22 5 5 1 0 2 2 7/17 2/6 6/7 1 4 36 -12
C. Anthony 34 16 7 2 0 1 1 2 5/16 3/9 3/3 0 7 27 -3
A. Roberson 30 11 9 1 0 1 2 1 5/8 0/2 1/2 6 3 21 +1
S. Adams 28 6 8 0 1 1 0 4 3/10 0/0 0/2 7 1 16 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 20 9 1 2 1 2 0 0 4/6 0/2 1/2 0 1 17 -8
R. Felton 16 5 4 2 0 0 1 1 2/9 0/1 1/2 1 3 12 -9
D. Johnson 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 0 3 -3
P. Patterson 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -7
T. Ferguson 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 1 2 -14
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Abrines - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huestis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 108 48 17 8 5 13 20 38/96 12/32 20/30 21 27 190 -65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 43 40 15 4 4 1 1 1 13/23 6/12 8/11 0 15 67 +17
E. Payton 30 19 5 6 4 1 2 4 8/10 0/0 3/5 0 5 39 -5
E. Fournier 32 16 1 3 0 1 3 3 5/12 3/8 3/3 0 1 21 +3
N. Vucevic 30 15 7 7 0 0 0 3 7/13 0/4 1/2 0 7 36 +14
J. Simmons 33 6 0 2 0 0 2 5 2/3 0/0 2/3 0 0 8 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Gordon 43 40 15 4 4 1 1 1 13/23 6/12 8/11 0 15 67 +17
E. Payton 30 19 5 6 4 1 2 4 8/10 0/0 3/5 0 5 39 -5
E. Fournier 32 16 1 3 0 1 3 3 5/12 3/8 3/3 0 1 21 +3
N. Vucevic 30 15 7 7 0 0 0 3 7/13 0/4 1/2 0 7 36 +14
J. Simmons 33 6 0 2 0 0 2 5 2/3 0/0 2/3 0 0 8 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Augustin 17 11 1 3 1 0 0 1 4/5 2/2 1/2 1 0 19 +18
B. Biyombo 17 8 4 1 0 1 3 2 4/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 12 -1
T. Ross 13 6 1 1 0 2 1 1 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 1 10 0
A. Afflalo 16 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 +20
M. Hezonja 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -4
M. Speights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Iwundu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 121 37 28 9 7 13 22 45/76 13/30 18/26 2 35 217 +65