January 25, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles towards the hoop against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Can't Keep Up With Thunder


The Sacramento Kings couldn’t hold on, losing 105-95 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings came out swinging in the first quarter, but could not sustain the effort throughout the first period, going into halftime down seven points to the league’s best. The Kings managed only 16 points as the Thunder extended their lead to 20 points before the fourth quarter.

The Kings managed to score in the fourth quarter on as Scott Brooks took his starters out of the game. Sacramento Lost in almost every category. Oklahoma out rebounded the Kings 47-39, and after a slow start beat them in fast break points(11-15) and turnovers(18-20). The Kings managed only 15 assists to the Thunder’s 27.

Oklahoma showed why they are one of the best teams in the league, taking apart the Kings defense, and simply playing at a higher level. Sacramento showed its potential and their youth in the first quarter. Sacramento has several players capable of playing at a high level, yet the Thunder’s experience showed as the Kings simply got out played.

Kevin Martin, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant had big games, combining for 66 points. The three shot a combined 50 percent (23-46) from the field. Both Westbrook and Durant had big double doubles as Westbrook had 14 assists and Durant grabbed 11 rebounds. Westbrook had only one less assist then the Kings entire team combined.

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