Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant poured in 31 points as the
Oklahoma City Thunder kept on rolling by posting a 113-103 victory over the
Sacramento Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Durant finished a scorching 10-of-14 from the field and 9-of-9 from the foul
line to enable Oklahoma City to remain red-hot as well. The win was the
Thunder's 10th in a row, the franchise's longest streak since moving to
Oklahoma City from Seattle during the 2008-09 season.
The result also improved the Thunder to an NBA-best 19-4, a record surpassed
only be the 1993-94 SuperSonics' 20-3 mark as the best after 23 games in club
Kevin Martin and Serge Ibaka each added 18 points for Oklahoma City, with
Ibaka pulling down 11 rebounds on the night. Russell Westbrook also registered
a double-double, accumulating 13 points and 13 assists.
"We're such a balanced team," Durant said. "Any given night anybody can go
Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting in the loss,
Sacramento's third straight following a string of three straight wins. Tyreke
Evans hit 8-of-12 shots en route to 21 points for the Kings, who also received
15 points from Jason Thompson.
The Kings hung tough during an evenly played first quarter in which Oklahoma
City ended with a slim 29-26 edge, but the Thunder broke the game open in the
second and were never seriously threatened for the majority of the contest.
Martin kick-started a 16-2 tear by burying a 3-pointer with 9:15 left in the
half, and two Durant free throws just over four minutes later capped the run
and staked Oklahoma City to a commanding 50-34 advantage.
The Thunder would be ahead by as many as 20 points prior to intermission, and
coasted into the break owning a 61-42 lead behind 17 points from Durant and 14
"They made a big run and we couldn't dig ourselves out of the hole," Kings
coach Keith Smart said of the second stanza.
Oklahoma City's marksmanship from long range also played a part in the large
differential, as the Thunder knocked down 7-of-15 tries from 3-point distance
compared to an 0-of-5 rate for Sacramento.
The Thunder maintained a double-digit cushion for the entire third quarter,
and the margin swelled to 24 points following a 15-5 burst that culminated
with Martin's lay-in that made the score 99-75 with 7:53 to go.
Thomas then led the Kings on a furious comeback attempt that would eventually
come up short. The diminutive guard drained four 3-pointers as part of a 23-4
surge that briefly got Sacramento back into it, with the Kings getting as
close as within 103-98 after Jimmer Fredette made all three free throws after
getting fouled from beyond the arc with 3:21 left.
The Thunder would ward off the charge, however. A Durant layup on the ensuing
possession pushed the lead back to seven, and Ibaka delivered a pair of
baskets that followed Sacramento misses to put Oklahoma City up 109-98 with
under two minutes remaining.
Sacramento guard Marcus Thornton missed a second consecutive game, having
traveled to Louisiana earlier in the week to be with his ill mother ... Kings
center DeMarcus Cousins returned from a one-game suspension for striking
Dallas' O.J. Mayo in the groin in Monday's loss to the Mavericks, managing 10
points but making only 3-of-12 shots ... The Thunder, who entered the contest
leading the NBA in free throw percentage, went a perfect 22-of-22 from the
charity stripe ... Sacramento fell to 1-9 on the road this season and 0-8 all-
time against the Thunder in Oklahoma City ... The Kings are now 1-14 when
trailing at the half.