There is always something special about playing against a former team, and 90% of the time it brings the best out of a player.
The Oklahoma City Thunder had already been stung by Kevin Durant when they faced the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, and last night they welcomed Serge Ibaka back to the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan İlyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis early in the summer as the Thunder made alterations to their roster in an attempt to keep hold of Durant, and last night the former Spain international reminded the franchise of what they were missing.
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Condemning Oklahoma City to their third successive loss, the 27-year-old dropped a career-high 31 off an impressive 68.4% from the field. Pulling down nine rebounds, Ibaka also had his own little block party with four rejections.
But the real dagger moment came in the clutch. After Russell Westbrook missed a pull-up jump shot with 12 seconds on the clock, Ibaka received the ball from Elfrid Payton on the baseline, faked Steven Adams and nailed his jumper, leaving the Thunder with just 0.4 seconds on the clock to fashion a response.
Westbrook couldn't get his hands to the hopeful pass, and the Magic headed to Indiana with their fourth win of the season.
Ibaka's start to life in Orlando has not been plain sailing - he's struggled to live up to the expectations of a first-option threat, but maybe a huge night in his old stomping ground can kickstart his season.