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Thunder Find Enough Magic to Hold Off Orlando | January

It took a huge effort from the most productive duo in the NBA to hold off a very talented Orlando Magic team at home last night, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were able to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fourth consecutive victory, 125-124. It was another offensive explosion for the Thunder, who are now just one win away from tying their longest winning streak of the season. That opportunity will come on Monday night in a huge battle on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers. But for now, we'll just focus on last night's victory over the Magic.

It was very nice to see Oklahoma City get the job done at home against one of the upper tier teams in the game. It was also nice to see it happen on a nationally televised game. The Thunder had lost some of the big games at home against some of the best teams, including defeats at the hands of the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks - twice. Last night may have been their signature victory on their home court. Their signature road victory could come as soon as Monday night, although it will be no easy task.

The fact that this team continues to get solid production from Durant and Westbrook is critical to their success. Durant hit an unfathomable 13-17 field goals, as well as 8-9 free throw attempts, to finish with a team high 36 points. Westbrook recored his fourth career triple-double, finishing the game with 32 points on 11-22 from the field and 10-13 from the free throw line. He also added 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Both are making a great case to start the All-Star Game, although Durant will most likely be the only starter from this team. Although if Westbrook does not get voted on to the West team this year, then we ought to launch an investigation into the league. He has been that good this season.

But aside from those two, the Thunder do not get a ton of production from some of their other starters. In a game where they scored a season high 125 points, only two other players finished in double figures in scoring. Jeff Green had 12 points and Nenad Kristic finished with 16, although both of them continue to struggle defensively against some of the better big men in the league. It is not as if many teams have too many answers on how to stop Dwight Howard, but he had an absolute field day against the Thunder. Howard had 39 points and 18 rebounds while somehow finding a way to knock down 17-20 foul shots.

We know by now that the Thunder have great difficulty in slowing down their opponents' big men. Whether it is Howard, Luis Scola, Zach Randolph or Dirk Nowitzki, they are going to have to come up with some answers. They will have to face Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudamire next week, so things will, not get any easier - especially in the Western Conference. It may be the biggest question mark that the Thunder currently face.

At least we know that offense is not a problem.

* Make sure to follow Kelley on Twitter @RobKelley24, as he was named one of the 1,000 Most Influential Sports Writers on Twitter in 2010.