NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Oklahoma City|
(Sunday, January 19th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 108, Sacramento 93
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and
nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-93 win over the
Sacramento Kings from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Durant shot 10-of-15 from the floor and added six rebounds and four steals as
an encore to his career-best 54 points in Friday's win over Golden State. The
25-year-old has picked up his play of late with Russell Westbrook sidelined,
averaging a league-high 36.1 points in the month of January.
"KD is a special player," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "Some nights
he's going to have a high scoring game. I just like the way he thinks. He
thinks about the team. He had nine assists tonight. He took 15 great shots and
made 10 of them."
Serge Ibaka donated 20 points in the Thunder's third straight victory. Reggie
Jackson scored 16 points while Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison and Jeremy Lamb
all had 10.
"He (Durant) found a way to get us some easy shots and the offense worked for
us," said Jackson.
The loss spoiled a career-high 38 points by Isaiah Thomas, who hit 12-of-13
from the stripe in the setback. DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and 14
rebounds as the Kings fell to 1-3 on their current six-game road trip.
Sacramento's 20 turnovers led to 34 Thunder points.
"We just have to do a better job of valuing the basketball," said Sacramento
head coach Mike Malone. "On the road, you can't beat yourself and your
opponent in the same game, it's impossible."
The Kings led 30-28 after the first period thanks to 14 points from their
young floor general.
Thomas picked up where he left off in the second with a 3-pointer on
Sacramento's second possession. He then drew a foul shooting a 3 and sank
the ensuing free throws, giving him 20 points less than 14 minutes into the
Thomas checked out for a few minutes but came back in with Sacramento down by
two and moments later converted a transition layup to tie it at 43-apiece at
4:04. OKC then went on a 12-4 run highlighted by Ibaka's three-point play, but
Thomas added five free throws down the stretch to pull the Kings within 57-52
at the break.
The Thunder used a 12-2 surge early in the third period to pull away. Durant's
stepback 3 at 2:05 made it 82-67, and Oklahoma City wasn't challenged after
Early in the fourth quarter, Sacramento forward Rudy Gay received a pair of
technicals and was ejected from the game, as OKC rolled to a lopsided victory.
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins had his halfcourt heave rim out at the
halftime buzzer. Perkins is now 0-for-13 in his career from 3-point range ...
OKC has taken the first two of four meetings this season ... The Kings
outscored OKC 54-38 in the paint but shot just 5-of-17 from the arc.
01/20 00:17:36 ET