Russell Westbrook had a subpar night shooting the basketball tonight, but with the game on the line, the Oklahoma City Thunder knew to put the ball in #0's hands. The Thunder were locked in a dogfight with the Sacramento Kings, the game was tied at 107 with 1 second remaining, the Thunder drew up a play to get Westbrook off of a double screen, Westbrook received the pass and drilled a heavily contested three in the face of Garrett Temple as time expired to give the Thunder a 110-107 victory.
The Thunder had a chance to ice the game after getting a defensive stop, Westbrook drove and kicked it out to George in the corner, and George shot a contested three that went long. The Kings secured the board with 13 seconds remaining, got the ball into Vince Carter's hands, Carter shot a deep, contested three that was short but the Kings battled on the boards until Justin Jackson tipped the ball to tie the game at 107. Then, Westbrook's dagger took the life out of the Kings' arena.
The Thunder came out the gate firing on all cylinders on both ends. They were sharing the ball, finding the right shot each possession, hitting open threes, finding open driving lanes — it was Thunder basketball at its finest. They scored a season-high 44 points in the opening 12 minutes. Paul George scored 11 points in the quarter along with 7 assists and Carmelo Anthony scored 12. The Thunder dished 14 assists in the quarter and led 44-23 after the first.
After a lopsided first quarter, the Kings fought back in the 2nd quarter behind some hot shooting of their own. Buddy Hield and Vince Carter hit threes on back-to-back possessions to start the quarter. Zach Randolph also got going and the Thunder saw their lead quickly shrink to single digits. The Thunder stopped defending the three point line like they were in the opening quarter and had less transition opportunities. The Kings outscored the Thunder 39-23 in the quarter, and the score was 67-60 going into the half.
The struggles continued offensively for the Thunder in the third quarter, they only managed to hit 8 of 23 from the field. The Kings' confidence continued to build, Randolph and Hield carried the load offensively, and the Thunder missed their 11 field goal attempts in the quarter. The Kings outscored the Thunder 30-18 in the quarter and led 90-85 at the end of the third.
The Thunder outscored the Kings 25-17 in the fourth quarter and outscored them 10-4 in the clutch moments. They also held the Kings without a field goal for the final four minutes until Jackson's tip in with 1 second left.
The Thunder shot 46% from the field on the night and knocked down 13 threes. They also took advantage of their 24 trips to the free throw line and made 20. They dished out 26 assists as a team (20 in the first half) and outrebounded the Kings 49-44.
Westbrook notched another triple-double with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists plus the game winner. George put in 26 points along with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Melo scored 23 points and made 7 threes. Steven Adams had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Randolph was outstanding all night for the Kings with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Hield had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Temple and Carter both scored 13 points apiece.
The Thunder return to action on Saturday night on the road against the Golden State Warriors.