Though the Sacramento Kings made a late surge and threatened to turn the game in their favor, the Thunder held them off for a 113-103 win and in doing so extended their winning streak to ten straight games.
Durant scored 31 points while Serge Ibaka added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 13 points and 13 assists as well.
With a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter, it looked as if OKC’s stars would be able to rest, and coast to their tenth consecutive victory. But the Kings had other plans; they found new legs and cut the lead to ten points, forcing the Thunder to push back and close out the game in their favor.
For Sacramentp, Isaiah Thomas absolutely exploded in the fourth quarter, putting the team on his back and getting them back into the game. The Kings brought the score to 103-98 thanks to Thomas, who put up all 26 of his points in the final 13 1/2 minutes. He dropped four 3-pointers, a layup and a jumper during their 23-4 run at a comeback. Durant, Ibaka, and Russell Westbrook came back into the game late in the fourth quarter sluggishly by their standards, giving OKC fans a scare. Durant and Westbrook both missed their first attempts while Thomas scored a layup in between their misses. But then Durant rebounded a missed shot by Jimmer Fredette and laid it it for OKC, followed by back-to-back made buckets by Ibaka.
The Thunder would finish strong and would make a little history in doing so: the win marks the franchise’s longest winning streak since 1996, when the Seattle Supersonics won 11 games in a row.
Oklahoma City improves to 19-4 on the season, and will face the San Antonio Spurs at home on Monday. Like with the Lakers, this matchup could be a preview of what’s to come from these Western Conference foes come playoff season.