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Thunder vs Kings, final score: OKC stumbles its way to win over Sacramento, 95-88

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The Thunder won, and you can thank the Kings for that.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

box score | Sactown Royalty

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Sacramento Kings at home, 95-88.



The Thunder shot an anemic 41.9% on the game and 30% from three point range, 19 turnovers, and a stupid-level 14-30 from the free throw line, including a meatpie filling of 3-12 from Steven Adams and a bubbly 6-12 from Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Westbrook almost hit the rare-air quadruple double, recording a 19-16-9 with 10 turnovers, the last of which led him to get ejected.

The first half was something. With 3 minutes left in the half, the Kings...the 13 win Kings...were beating the Thunder 48-33. OKC’s DGAF meter was sky high, and if not for a 13-4 run over the final 3 minutes, this game would have been setting itself up for something really special; namely, me actually using a Simpsons scene to describe the Thunder’s approach to basketball. Aw heck, I’ll use it anyway.

It’s a good thing that OKC has remembered how to rebound, winning that battle 58-37. With all those extra attempts, they managed to pull away in the 3rd, mostly behind Carmelo Anthony finding his shot for a while and Patrick Patterson chipping in 10 points on 3-4 shooting from 3-point range.

The Thunder held the Kings to 36 second half points, and that’s about all I can give you on this one.

Let’s end this on a happier note. Enes Kanter is still a fantastic human being.

Next game: vs Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7PM CST