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Kevin Durant scored eight of his 49 points in the final 1:19 Monday night, rallying the Golden State Warriors to a 116-110 victory over the Orlando Magic in Oakland, Calif.
Durant connected on 16 of his 33 shots, four of his 10 3-point attempts and all 13 of his free throws en route to the fifth-highest scoring game of his career. The total of 49 points was his high since he poured in 51 for Oklahoma City at Toronto in March 2014.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 18 points before chipping away in the third and fourth quarters, finally taking a 102-100 lead on a 3-pointer by Klay Thompson with 5:26 to go.
After Orlando gathered itself to go back up by three, another 3-pointer by Thompson drew the Warriors even at 107-all with 1:45 left before Durant took over.
He put the Warriors up by three with a three-point play with 1:19 to go, then boosted the lead to four with a 3-pointer after Terrence Ross had pulled the Magic back within 110-109 on a dunk with 1:11 left.
Durant completed his game-ending flurry with a pair of clinching free throws, delivering Golden State its third win in four days after it had lost four in a row.
Thompson backed Durant with 29 points, as Golden State’s two healthy All-Stars combined for 78 points while their teammates combined for 38.
Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and Ross 28 for the Magic, who had won in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Sunday afternoon.
Vucevic completed a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Jonathan Isaac (15) an Mo Bamba (11) also scored in double figures for Orlando, which lost its 11th straight to Golden State.
The Magic led 39-36 in the fifth minute of the second quarter before exploding into an 18-point lead on the strength of a 19-4 burst. Ross had a four-point play and another 3-pointer to cap the run.
—Field Level Media