Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard posted his first career triple-double, scoring 30 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking a career- high 10 shots to lead the Orlando Magic to a 109-92 thumping of the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder.
Durant, who has averaged 22 points in seven games this season, sat out with a sore left ankle.
Howard shot 12-of-21 from the field to lead the Magic, who have won five of six and posted their first road win of the season. Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus each added 17 points, as each starter scored 13 or more in the victory.
Jeff Green posted a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who have dropped seven of their first eight games. Desmond Mason and Earl Watson each had 12 points in the loss, while Russell Westbrook scored 13 despite shooting a woeful 3-of-19 from the floor.
"We played hard, (and) that's all we need to do," Green said. "We got guys that can do different things like (Durant) does. It's a whole group. If we can come out in the third like we did, we can still have a chance to win."
Leading 10-8 early on, the Magic finished the first quarter on a 29-11 run that gave Orlando a commanding lead. Howard scored 14 in the quarter to lead all scorers, and Nelson got the team started with 12 points -- including the first eight for the Magic.
Orlando dominated the second quarter as well, outscoring the Thunder by nine to take a 71-42 advantage into the break.
Down 81-52, the Thunder closed the third quarter on a 19-6 run, led by Joe Smith's six points, helping Oklahoma City close to within 16 going into the fourth.
The teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter, and Howard got his triple- double with a block of Mason's layup with 6:39 left to play. The Thunder never got closer than 14 in the fourth, and Orlando cruised to the victory.
Oklahoma City has lost five games in a row...Thunder forward Chris Wilcox missed his second straight game with a right knee injury...Magic guard Jameer Nelson had 10 rebounds...Watson dished out eight assists.