Durant scores 30, leads Thunder past Kings
- Article by: CLIFF BRUNT
- Associated Press
- January 19, 2014 - 8:53 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Sacramento Kings 108-93 on Sunday night.
Durant, coming off a career-high 54-point game on Friday against Golden State, shot 10 for 15 from the field and had nine assists. He scored at least 30 points for the seventh straight game.
Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Reggie Jackson had 16 for the Thunder, who won their third straight.
Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points for the Kings, but he slowed down in the second half as the Thunder pulled away. DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento.
Rudy Gay scored just six points for the Kings and was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma City improved to 8-5 without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who is out after having surgery on his right knee.
The score was tied at 43 late in the second quarter before the Thunder went on a 12-4 run, highlighted by Durant's lob to Ibaka for a two-handed jam.
The Thunder held the Kings to 6-for-17 shooting in the second quarter to take a 57-52 lead at the break. Thomas scored 27 points in the first half on 7-for-11 shooting, but none of his teammates scored more than eight. Durant had 17 to lead the Thunder.
Cousins made a layup early in the third quarter to tie the score at 60, but the Thunder responded with an 8-0 run, including four points by Jackson, to put Oklahoma City ahead and force the Kings to call a timeout.
Durant found Jackson a little later for a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 75-64 and force the Kings to call another timeout.
Durant hit a 3 from straight away to bump Oklahoma City's lead to 87-70, and the Thunder led 89-74 at the end of the quarter.
Gay was called for two technicals for arguing with an official and was ejected with 10:01 remaining. The Thunder led 95-74 after the free throws.
NOTES: Oklahoma City won the first meeting between the teams, 97-95 in Sacramento. ... Thomas scored 21 points in the fourth quarter of the earlier meeting, then scored 14 in the first quarter on Sunday. ... The Kings shot 62 percent in the first quarter to lead 30-28 at the end of the period. ... Sacramento F Jason Thompson was issued a technical foul in the third quarter. ... Thunder F/C Nick Collison scored a season-high 10 points.
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