banner

NBA

more stats

NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Sacramento



(Tuesday, December 3rd)

Final Score: Oklahoma City 97, Sacramento 95

Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Isaiah Thomas put the Kings on his back in the fourth quarter and nearly rallied them from a 17-point deficit against the Thunder.

Thomas scored 21 of his 24 points in the final frame but was short on a 14- footer at the buzzer as Oklahoma City escaped Sleep Train Arena with a 97-95 victory.

Kevin Durant totaled 27 points and 11 rebounds and Russell Westbrook chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the Thunder's eighth straight win.

"We can never take a win for granted," Durant said. "It's hard to win in this league."

Sacramento dropped its fifth in a row despite five players scoring in double figures.

Oklahoma City shook off a slow start and appeared to pull away with an 18-0 run that bled into the fourth quarter.

Jeremy Lamb, who finished with 14 points, opened the fourth with a runner and two free throws to give the Thunder an 82-65 cushion, but Thomas wouldn't let the Kings go down without a fight.

The reserve guard had seven points during a 13-0 sprint that pulled Sacramento within five, then hit a running hook shot and forced a turnover with under a minute to play before draining a deep jumper that cut the deficit to 97-95

"I was aggressive. We got in the bonus early and I was just in attack mode and my teammates kept finding me," Thomas said.

After Durant missed from long range with time winding down, Thomas nearly lost his dribble before recovering at the right elbow. From there, his fadeaway fell off the rim, and the comeback was denied.

Perhaps looking ahead to Wednesday's showdown with the Northwest Division- leading Trail Blazers, the Thunder came out flat and only scored 19 points in the first quarter.

John Salmons' 3-pointer capped Sacramento's 31-point opening frame, and the Kings stayed in front until Oklahoma City woke up and scored 16 of the final 20 points of the half.

Thabo Sefolosha, Durant and Westbrook all hit from behind the arc during the surge, the last in the final minute to five the visitors a 50-47 edge at the break.

Game Notes

The Thunder have won seven straight and 13 of the last 14 against the Kings ... The Kings scored 23 points off 17 turnovers ... Sacramento committed just eight turnovers ... Ben McLemore, who was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month on Tuesday, had 14 points in the loss ... The Kings cap a four- game homestand Friday against the Lakers.

12/04 01:35:47 ET

Other Stories

TV
  • Hoops Headquarters: Final Four Special

    Friday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBS Sports Spectacular: NCAA March Madness Confidential

    Sunday at 5:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship

    Monday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
DET
Final
PHI 9
ATL 2
Final
MIN 4
BOS 4
Final
HOU 3
DET 2
Final
NYY 0
TAM 3
Final
BOS 7
TOR 9
Final
MIA 8
WAS 0
Final
NYM 4
STL 5
Final
OAK 4
ANA 1
Final
KAN 4
LOS 4
Final
CIN 0
ARI 3
 
8th
SEA 2
CWS 12
 
9th
SFG 5
CLE 2
 
7th
CHC 10
MIL 6
 
Final
CWS 2
SDP 8
 
8th
COL 10
TEX 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
PIT
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
DET
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHI
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
SAN
7:30pm Tonight
NYK
BRK
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
SAC
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
DEN
10:00pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
NOP
8:00pm Tonight
LAMON
LOYC
7:30pm Tonight
BUF
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
PIT
PHI
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
COL