The Oklahoma CIty Thunder won their 10th straight game last night beating the Sacramento Kings at home 113-103 to improve to 19-4 on the year.
The Thunder led by 19 points at halftime and extended that lead to greater than 20 to start the fourth quarter.
Then the Kings came back though led by backup point guard Isaiah Thomas who scored all 26 of his points in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Kings cut the deficit to just five points with 3:21 left in the game but the Thunder were able to hold on and win after the starters were reinserted into the game.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 36 minutes, 31 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists – A
Durant shot the ball very well in this game with the only real issue in his game coming in the form of six turnovers. The turnovers were a result of trying to be a little bit too unselfish when Durant would have been better off trying to score. It didn’t really matter as the Thunder destroyed the Kings while he was in. After the Kings came back and Durant was forced to come back into the game, he scored six points in the final four minutes.
Russell Westbrook – 31 minutes, 13 points, 13 assists, 2 rebounds – B+
It wasn’t Westbrook’s best game because his shooting wasn’t great but the 13 assists in 31 minutes was impressive. He continues to find Serge Ibaka all the time popping off screens and is doing a better job getting the ball to cutters as well.
Serge Ibaka – 29 minutes, 18 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block – A
Ibaka was looking for his shot a lot last night attempting 16 shots for the game and making half of them. He made two big buckets in the final minutes of the game to close out the Kings too. Ibaka had been going through a stretch of not scoring too much the past few games so it was nice to see him come out so aggressive last night.
Kevin Martin – 32 minutes, 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist – B+
Martin had a typical game for him last night and looked like he wanted to put up big numbers playing against his former team. He made 3-of-8 threes and 5-of-13 overall from the field. He also got on the glass for five boards which is above his average this season. The Kings came back in the fourth while Martin was in and it would have been nice to see him takeover and hault the comeback.
Kendrick Perkins – 22 minutes, 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks – B
Perkins did a very nice job containing DeMarcus Cousins who scored just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting in the game. That’s exactly what the Thunder ask from Perk and last night he delivered.
Thabo Sefolosha – 27 minutes, 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal – A+
Sefolosha scored a season-high 15 points thanks to 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. He showed a little more versatility offensively than we’re used to. It’s no surprise that when Sefolosha scores and is aggressive, the Thunder dominate.
Nick Collison – 27 minutes, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists – B+
It was another usual game from Collison who did all the little things he always does. But like Martin, it would have been nice to see Collison step up a little more to make sure Sacramento didn’t come back but you really have to credit Thomas mostly for the late surge by the Kings.
Eric Maynor – 12 minutes, 4 points, 7 assists, 1 rebound – B+
Maynor would get an A+ for these numbers if not for the fact that Thomas was torching him in the fourth quarter. But seven assists is a big number for a backup point guard in 12 minutes and Maynor has shown signs of getting better these past few games.
Hasheem Thabeet – 13 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 block – C
Thabeet didn’t make much noise besides one solid finish inside.
Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Liggins each played a few minutes in the fourth quarter but were quickly yanked when the Kings made it a game late.