Durant leads Thunder past Kings
- Article by: CLIFF BRUNT
- Associated Press
- March 28, 2014 - 9:45 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 29 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 94-81 on Friday night.
Durant has scored at least 25 points in 37 consecutive games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season. Durant could have done more damage, but he sat for good with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
Russell Westbrook had 18 points and six assists and Jeremy Lamb added 13 points for the Thunder, who have won five of six.
Ben McLemore scored 18 points and Travis Outlaw added 17 for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins, who entered the game ranked 10th in the league in scoring, finished with four points on 2-for-8 shooting while dealing with foul trouble.
Sacramento point guard Isaiah Thomas missed his second straight game with a right quad contusion. In two games against the Thunder this season, he averaged 31 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Thomas scored a career-high 38 points against Oklahoma City on Jan. 19. Without him, the Kings shot 37 percent from the field in one of their worst offensive performances of the season.
Oklahoma City bolted to a 32-15 lead at the end of the first quarter after holding the Kings to 26 percent shooting, and the Thunder led 54-38 at halftime. Durant scored 16 points in the first half on just six shot attempts.
Sacramento's starters shot 7 for 28 from the field before the break. Cousins had two points on 1-for-3 shooting in the first half in just seven minutes because of foul trouble.
Durant surpassed 25 points on a 3-pointer in the third quarter, and then his lob to Westbrook for a dunk on Oklahoma City's next possession gave the Thunder a 77-51 lead late in the period. Oklahoma City led 82-51 at the end of the quarter.
No Kings player reached double figures in scoring until McLemore made two free throws with 10:27 remaining in the fourth.
NOTES: Thunder C Hasheem Thabeet inadvertently deflected a ball off the backboard and into the hoop for the Kings in the first quarter. ... Westbrook scored 10 points in nine minutes in the first quarter. ... Westbrook was issued a technical foul in the second quarter for punching the ball and making it go out of bounds. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka got a technical in the first minute of the third quarter. ... Thunder G Reggie Jackson sat out with a mid-back sprain. ... Kings rookie G Ray McCallum made his second career start in Thomas' place. ... Thunder G Reggie Williams played for the second time this season after recently signing a 10-day contract.
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