Kevin Durant scored 31, Kevin Martin and Serge Ibaka each had 18 as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Sacramento Kings 113-103. The win marks the team's 10th win a row, setting a franchise record since they moved to OKC.
The Thunder led comfortably for much of the game, and put in their reserves midway through the fourth up by 24. But the Kings were able to work their way back into game, eventually cutting the lead to only 5, which forced Scott Brooks to put Durant and Westbrook back in the game.
The Thunder's starters were to take the momentum back from Sacramento, as the starters went on a 6-0 run upon re-entering the game, sealing it in the final 2 minutes.
The Kings, who were led by Isiah Thomas' 26 point and Tyreke Evans who had 21, fall to 7-15 on the season. Sacrmento is currently 14th in the west.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
OKC was able to dominate much of this game. The Thunder doubled up the Kings in the second quarter, winning it 32-16, to take a 19 point at the half. For a while it looked as if this game wouldn't be close, but the Kings took advantage when Brooks decided to clear the bench a bit too early.
Any worry that Durant and Westbrook may have cooled off on the bench was quickly subsided as the Thunder went on a 6-0 run as soon they entered the game.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
Kevin Durant went 10-14 from the field tonight, as the Kings had no answer for the 3 time scoring champ. The Thunder's other superstar, Russell Westbrook has continue to build on his much improved season. Tonight he accumulated 13 assists, while only committing 3 turnovers.
What was a key statistic to understanding the game?
The Thunder out rebounded the Kings 52-34, which allowed the Thunder to extend their own possessions. The Kings came into this matchup at a huge disadvantage, and when you're hoping to pull of the upset, one of the first things you need to do is limit the amount of time your opponent has the ball. Sacramento was unable to do that and winded up on the losing side of tonight's game.
The Thunder have once again showed their ability to distribute points more efficiently this season. Durant, Ibaka, Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha all outscored Westbrook...yes even Sefolosha, as Westbrook has seemed to grow more accustomed to being a ball distributor this season.
What does this game mean to the Thunder tonight and going forward?
The Thunder face the Spurs on Monday before heading out on an extended road trip. Last time OKC faced the Spurs was opening day, where Tony Parker hit a buzzer beater the win the game. The Spurs are currently 2nd in the West, 1.5 games behind OKC. If the Thunder can win on Monday they'll have a substantial lead in the West before going out on the road.
|Final - 12.14.2012||1||2||3||4||Total|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||29||32||21||31||113|
Thunder Wonder: Kevin Durant, 31 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists.
Thunder Down Under: Serge Ibaka, 18 points, 11 rebounds.
Thunder Blunder: Kendrick Perkins, 4 points, 4 turnovers.
Thunder Plunderer: Isiah Thomas, 26 points, 10-13 FGs.
Next game: vs. San Antonio Spurs, on Mon. Dec. 17th @ 7 pm CDT
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