Oklahoma City took over the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Kings by 16. Sacramento immediately hit on a quick run to cut the Thunder’s lead back to single digits to start the action in the second half.
Entering the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City only led by nine.
The Thunder, however, managed to grow their lead back out, and finish with a comfortable win. All the starters for the Thunder scored in double digits as they achieved their second highest point total in a game this season.
The Big Three:
Oklahoma City big three of Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and Steven Adams all had big performances tonight. Westbrook had his usual triple-double, posting a stat line of 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 17 assists. Meanwhile, George had a monstrous game with 43 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.
George is continuing a great month as he is averaging 30 points in December.
Adams had his way with the young big men of Sacramento, tallying up 20 points and 23 rebounds. Adams added in some highlights plays with multiple alley-oop slams off the pick and roll to round out his remarkable evening.
Thunder’s Bench Defense:
Although, the Thunder scored 132 points their defense showed some lackluster effort tonight. Oklahoma City won despite giving up another big performance to Buddy Hield who had 37 points. In addition, Hield’s backcourt mate De’Aaron Fox had 28 points and 12 assists.
The difference in this game was Oklahoma City locking down the Kings’ bench. Not a single player from the Kings bench scored in double figures. Not bad for a Thunder team lacking in the depth department tonight because of the suspensions.
Overall, the Thunder shot 50 percent from the floor and over 40 percent from three.
Oklahoma City looks to carry this good shooting momentum into Utah on Saturday Night.