Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points, but Kevin Durant went for 30 points and nine assists to go with four steals as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings in Oklahoma City Sunday evening 108-93.
For Durant, it was his seventh consecutive game with 30 or more points and came two nights after lighting up the Golden State Warriors for a career-high 54.
It was a tough night for the Kings (14-25), who turned the ball over 21 times—seven by DeMarcus Cousins—and lost Rudy Gay with 10 minutes to go after he picked up two technical fouls.
“Rudy, obviously, I think he was frustrated with the way he was playing and he wound up getting thrown out of the game, which is unfortunate,” coach Michael Malone told The Associated Press. “But tomorrow is another day. We’ll bounce back, we’ll work on some things, watch some film and we still have two games on this trip that we feel like we have a great chance to win.”
Gay finished with just six points in 27 minutes.
Thomas scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Kings opened up a 30-28 lead, but the Thunder came back with a strong second quarter to take a 57-52 lead into halftime before breaking the game open in the third.
Cousins had his 14th consecutive double-double, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but was just 6-for-17 from the floor and had those seven turnovers. Jason Thompson also had a double-double for Sacramento with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas also had six assists while hitting 11-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 12-of-13 from the line.
Serge Ibaka added 20 points for Oklahoma City (31-10), while Reggie Jackson added 16 points and Thabo Sefolosha, Nick Collison and Jeremy Lamb each scored 10.
Sacramento’s 21 turnovers contributed to 34 points for the Thunder, which was a decisive margin as the Kings only created 11 points off 16 OKC giveaways.
Sacramento fell to 0-10 all-time at Oklahoma City.
The Kings are now 1-3 on their six-game road trip, which continues Tuesday night in New Orleans. Tipoff from New Orleans Arena is 5 p.m. Pacific.
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