ORLANDO, FL, Sporting Alert – The Oklahoma City Thunder go in search of their second win to start the new season when they take on the Magic in Orlando, on Friday night.
Starting time for this game is 6:00 p.m. CT and live coverage will be on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points on 12 for 23 shooting and dished out 10 assists to help the Thunder beat Western Conference rivals San Antonio Spurs 112-106 in their season opener on Wednesday.
Kevin Durant added 22 points in the win over the Spurs, while Enes Kanter was also impressive, after collecting 15 points and a team-leading 16 rebounds off the bench.
Orlando, in the meantime, were edged 88-87 by the Washington Wizards, after All-Star guard John Wall scored the game-winning bucket from a floater with 12.7 seconds left to play.
In their defeat to the Wizards, the Magic struggle to get going on offense, especially from long-range after going 37 of 100 from the field overall and 5 of 26 from 3-pointers.
Come Friday night, the hosts will certainly have to fix these shooting woes or run the risk of having the game getting away from them early because the likes of Durant and Westbrook will be hitting their shots.
In the defeat to Washington, Victor Oladipo led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Elfrid Payton had an all-around performance of 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
The pair, along with the likes of Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic will need to work together and deliver a strong performance if the Magic are going to stop the Thunder from going 2-0 on the season and avoid slipping to 0-2 to open the term.
Meanwhile, there are two nationally broadcasting games on the calendar on Friday night.
At 6:00 p.m. CT live on ESPN and streaming live at WatchESPN, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will entertain his former club, the Miami Heat.
The Cavs (1-1) bounced back from their season-opening defeat to the Bulls with a 106-76 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the second game, while the Heat were 104-94 winners against the Hornets its NBA season opener.
This game should be an interesting one for James, as the four-time MVP will be trying to improve to 10-0 in his career at home against his former clubs.
The other game broadcasting on ESPN on the night is the matchup between defending champions the Golden State Warriors at the Houston Rockets at 8:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, the Chicago Bulls are at the Detroit Pistons looking to improve to 3-0, San Antonio Spurs take on the Brooklyn Nets, while the Los Angeles Lakers are at the Sacramento Kings.
Here is the full NBA schedule for the night
Friday, October 30
Miami at Cleveland 6:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Oklahoma City at Orlando 6:00 PM FSOK FSFL
Utah at Philadelphia 6:00 PM ROOT CSN
Toronto at Boston 6:30 PM Sportsnet One
Chicago at Detroit 6:30 PM CSNC FSDT
Charlotte at Atlanta 7:00 PM
Washington at Milwaukee 7:00 PM CNSW, FSWI
Brooklyn at San Antonio 7:30 PM YES FSSW
Minnesota at Denver 8:00 PM FSN+ ALT
Golden State at Houston 8:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento 9:00 PM
Portland at Phoenix 9:30 PM