Apr 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Travis Outlaw (25) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Unable to Keep Pace With Thunder in 104-95 Loss

The Sacramento Kings were unable to recover after starting shooting guard Tyreke Evans left late in the first quarter with an injury to his left quad. The Kings had trouble finding a competitive unit after the injury, and couldn’t get back into the game until both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were on the bench.

The Kings made the fourth quarter interesting, but it was clear for most of the game that the Thunder, who won 104-95, are clearly the better team. With Kevin Martin on the bench, the Thunder clearly had plenty left in the tank.

The Kings had to look to the bench again for a unit that worked, and for the second straight night, Cole Aldrich made a huge case for seeing more playing time in his future. Aldrich had his second straight double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas led the team in scoring with 16 points shooting 50 percent shooting. Thomas however had only two assists and for the 28th time this season he had under 2 assists.Thomas hasn’t shown he can distribute the ball and score in the same night on a consistent basis, which continues to raise questions if he could be a starting point guard in the NBA.

The Kings have only one more game this season, against the Clippers in Sacramento Wednesday. The Kings will need to find a way to play team basketball as they will more than likely be without Tyreke Evans. The Kings will have the weight of Sacramento weighing on them in what may be the final NBA basketball game the Kings play in Sacramento.

Tags: Isaiah Thomas Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans

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