The Oklahoma City Thunder survived a late comeback from the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, and won their eighth straight game, 97-95.
Kevin Durant let the Thunder with a double-double effort, scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka also chipped in, with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
For Sacramento–a team that has been slumping as of late–Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and had a tremendous effort on the night, putting up 24 points. Thomas had 21 of those 24 points in the fourth quarter alone, and also put up what could have been the game-tying shot, but his fadeaway jumper bounced off the rim instead.
The Thunder had a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but had to extinguish Thomas, who caught fire at the same time. Thomas drained a 20-foot jumper with 37 seconds left, pulling the Kings within two points. On the other end of the court, Durant put up and missed a three-pointer, and the Kings got the rebound to set up the final shot for Thomas. The shot didn’t fall, but on a positive note for Sacramento, the Kings outscored the Thunder 30-19 in the final quarter.
With a win over Sacramento, Oklahoma City begins a tasking stretch of road games. The Thunder play three games in the next four nights, before hosting the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. The Kings have dropped their last five games, while starting center DeMarcus Cousins remains out with an ankle sprain.
Oklahoma City advances to 13-3 on the season, and will play the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. ET.