The Oklahoma City Thunder stayed hot Wednesday night as they beat the Sacramento Kings 104-92 and extend their winning streak to seven straight.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant led the 12-13 Thunder with 32 and 26 points, respectively. Westbrook, recovering from a hand injury, dished out seven assists, grabbed six rebounds and got four steals. Durant, in only his eighth game of the season, played a season-high 35 minutes and shot 12 of 25 from the field. With a bucket in the first quarter, Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,500 career points; only LeBron James achieved it at a younger age (25).
The Thunder started the season 3-12 with both Durant and Westbrook sidelined due to injuries. But since their return, the team has turned it around and won eight of nine including the last seven.
The Kings made it a close game and took the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but Westbrook and the Thunder stepped up, went on a 7-0 run to quiet the Kings’ threat and ultimately took the win.
Rudy Gay led the Kings with 22 points, Carl Landry scored 14 and Ramon Sessions had 11, both off the bench.
This was the first game the Kings played after head coach Michael Malone was fired. Tyrone Corbin, the lead assistant coach, stepped up as the interim coach.
The Kings were also without their star-player, DeMarcus Cousins, who is still recovering from viral meningitis; they are 2-8 during Cousins’ absence.
The Thunder will face the NBA's best, Golden State Warriors, and the Kings host the Milwaukee Bucks; both games are scheduled for Thursday.