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The departure of Kevin Durant in the offseason was a monumental moment for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Basketball Jerseys Black Friday . When he left the team to go play for Golden State, it swallowed up all the attention for much of the offseason.However, the Thunder lost another key figure to the franchises growth. Serge Ibaka was dealt to Orlando in a trade involving Victor Oladipo. Ibaka had been in Oklahoma City almost as long as Durant and was a cornerstone to the teams success.However, with Ibaka making his return to Oklahoma City tonight for the first time since being traded in June, there doesnt seem to be the same animosity as toward Durant.I know that its going to be exciting there to go back and play where I used to play for seven years, Ibaka told I still have a lot of friends there. But my mind is just going to be focused on the game. Try to help my team get a win.The visiting Magic and Thunder will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.Ibaka was drafted by Oklahoma City in the first round of the 2008 draft. After playing a year in the Spanish league, he joined the Thunder in the 2009-10 campaign.In his seven seasons with the franchise, Ibaka led the NBA in block shots twice and made the All-Defensive team three times. With trips to the Western Conference finals and the NBA Finals, Ibaka will be reminded of a lot of history, on and off the court.It was tough, Ibaka said. Everything is tough in the beginning. I just keep my head up and try to learn. I was getting my English class every time I can. I know Im going to see my ex-teammates. I know its going to be fun for me to compete against them.Yet, Ibaka contends he will be focused on only helping his Magic squad earn a victory. After losing 87-74 to Utah on Friday, Orlando has a record of 3-6 and players are struggling to adjust to new roles.Weve got to play unselfish and trust the next guy -- thats the bottom line, Magic center Bismack Biyombo told Its kind of frustrating that at this point were still playing like that. If were not making plays that are unselfish, then were not about winning. We have to be willing to sacrifice and do whatever it takes.Games like today you have to willing to get out there and do whatever it takes and we just didnt have enough.Scoring points hasnt been Oklahoma Citys problem in its back-to-back losses. The Thunder posted 108 points Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.However, just over a week after holding the Clippers to 83 points in a road win, Oklahoma allowed L.A. to come into their house and post 110 points.The Thunder know if they dont tighten up their defense, the Magic can do the same thing.Theyre a high-tempo team, Oladipo said of his former team. They have a lot of guys who can fill it up. They have a lot of guys who are talented. We have to do a great job of slowing them down. Their bench is really good as well so we have to be ready to play in all aspects of the game. Cheap Basketball Jerseys . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Replica Basketball Jerseys . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Chatwood left with the lead on the road where hes been dominant. The Rockies bullpen couldnt hold on.Yasmani Grandal homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to rally the Los Angeles Dodgers past Colorado 7-4 on Thursday night, the Rockies 80th loss of the season. Theyve dropped three of four.Chatwood has gone 7-1 on the road with a 1.88 ERA in 12 starts. Hes been even better at Dodger Stadium, where he has a 1.62 ERA in six career starts. The right-hander staked the Rockies to a 4-2 lead before leaving after six innings.My curveball and two-seamer were working well, Chatwood said. I felt good and strong, and overall I felt like I had it in me.The Rockies bullpen sure didnt.Jordan Lyles gave up a ground-rule, pinch-hit double to Andre Ethier to open the seventh. Boone Logan (2-4) took over and loaded the bases on two consecutive one-out walks. He then walked Adrian Gonzalez, forcing in a run and leaving the Dodgers trailing 4-3.Grandal followed with his second career grand slam, sending a 2-2 pitch into center field and giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game, 7-4.Logan gave up four runs and one hit in one inning, walked three and struck out none.I was walking guys and I wasnt getting my first pitch in for a strike, Logan said. When you do that its tough and then I gave up that big hit. I took my licking, but we play every day and well be back tomorrow.Colorado manager Walt Weiss and third baseman Nolan Arenado were ejected in the seventh for arguing after Carlos Gonzalez lined into an unassisted double play at first, who doubled off DJ LeMahieu to end the inning.I was down 0-2 and I battled back to 3-2 and then he called me out, Arenado said of home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. If I get on, then Carlos is up and he can hit it a long way and we have a chance to tie it up. I went back and looked at the video and it was up. It should have been ball four. We had a chance and it hurts to lose.The Rockies took an early 2-0 lead on an error by right fielder Josh Reddick and Daniel Descalsos sacrifice fly.LeMahieu extended his consecutive on-base streak to 38 games with a homer in the fifth, extending Colorados lead to 4-1.The victory reduced the Dodgers magic number for clinching their record fourth consecutive NL West title to four. Their division lead remained at six games after San Francisco beat San Diiego 2-1. Fake Basketball Jerseys. .Luis Avilan (3-0) got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless seventh with one strikeout.Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth for his 46th save in 52 chances.Grandal hit a solo shot in the second for the sixth homer given up by Chatwood in his last four games.Making his first start since Aug. 20, Brett Anderson gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out two and walked one after coming off the disabled list with a blister on his left index finger.TRAINERS ROOMRockies: 1B Gerardo Parra was scratched an hour before the game because of illness and was replaced by Stephen Cardullo. ... 3B coach Stu Cole, hit by a ball during batting practice on Tuesday and taken to a Denver hospital, was back on the field Friday.WHAT A PLAYChase Utley made an amazing play on Chatwoods groundout to second base in the fourth. Utley went to field the ball and it escaped his glove as he spun around. Utley somehow grabbed the ball and flipped it with his right hand and his back turned toward first base, where Adrian Gonzalez was fully stretched to make the play that ended the inning.VISITING VINIt was Weiss turn to visit Vin Scully. The team presented the 88-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster with the letters `LAD from the Rockies scoreboard.His intellect and recall of the game is amazing, Weiss said. I didnt even think he would know who I was, but he knew everybody, even the guys who werent in jersey.Weiss played shortstop for Oakland against the Dodgers in the 1988 World Series. He told Scully he still has nightmares when he hears the call from Game 1 in which hobbled Dodgers pinch-hitter Kirk Gibson slugged the winning home run.Vin told me Gibsons home run was the most theatrical, Weiss said, and that (Hank) Aarons home run was the biggest moment of his career.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Jon Gray (10-8, 4.42 ERA) is coming off a franchise-record 16 strikeouts in his first career complete-game shutout, an 8-0 win over San Diego. He is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers.Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (10-6, 4.59) starts for the first time since Aug. 22 after missing 28 games on the disabled list with neck inflammation. He is 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 13 home starts this season. ' ' '