The Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 105-95 victory on the road against the Sacramento Kings Friday night.
The Thunder shot 48.7 percent from the field and dished out 27 assists as a team in the game.
The Thunder trailed 30-27 after one quarter and then would outscore the Kings 59-37 in the second and third quarters to pull away.
This was the fifth road game in a row for the Thunder. They have won four of those five games and will complete their road trip vs. the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday afternoon for their next game.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 34 minutes, 24 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists – A
Durant had a cool 24 on 7-of-12 shooting. His 11 defensive rebounds was a representation of the Thunder defense getting stops. Durant has been having to do a lot on his own in isolation situations recently but last night it was a more all-around effort from the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook – 32 minutes, 18 points, 14 assists, 4 rebounds – A
Westbrook’s 14 dimes are a season-high and just two off his career high. The Kings have the worst defense in the NBA and Westbrook certainly took advantage often finding players on backdoor cuts, catching the Kings sleeping. Westbrook really dominated Isaiah Thomas at the other end who torched the Thunder in the first meeting this year. Thomas got in foul trouble trying to handle Westbrook last night and had just seven points.
Serge Ibaka – 26 minutes, 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks – B+
The best thing about Ibaka’s game last night was getting to the line eight times. When he is more than just a jump shooter on offense and being aggressive going to the rim, it is a great sign for the Thunder.
Kevin Martin – 34 minutes, 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals – A
Martin was gunning from the start. He hit his first three 3-pointers then missed his next six and finished 4-of-10 from distance. He scored in other ways too as he was very active moving off the ball, taking advantage of the weak Kings defense.
Kendrick Perkins – 24 minutes, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists – B
Perkins did his job slowing down DeMarcus Cousins who scored 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting for the game. Perkins only made one basket and just had a few rebounds as the Thunder didn’t need much from him.
Thabo Sefolosha – 19 minutes, 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals – B
When Sefolosha scores 10 points without hitting a three, you know the Thunder offense is getting a lot of easy buckets. He only played 19 minutes and scored in double-figures last night.
Nick Collison – 19 minutes, 6 points, 1 assist – B
Amazingly, Collison didn’t get a rebound but that’s probably just because Durant was getting so many last night. Collison of course finishes with the best plus-minus of any Thunder player still.
Reggie Jackson – 10 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds – B
Jackson made both of his shots but didn’t record an assist. He is becoming very good at attacking the rim and finishing in semi-transition situations.
Hasheem Thabeet – 16 minutes, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks – B+
Thabeet was a presence last night and that’s all the Thunder want from him. He had one great defensive series in particular when he nearly had a steal then recovered back to the rim and blocked a shot. He did get posterized by Travis Outlaw unfortunately.
DeAndre Liggins – 14 minutes, 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist – A
It’s impossible to watch Liggins and not love the way he plays the game. He’s all over the place on offense and defense. His seven rebounds was a career-high.
Perry Jones, III and Eric Maynor played the final six minutes of garbage time.