Kevin Durant and Thunder Defeat Kings
Kevin Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 94-81 victory over the Sacramento Kings Friday night.
Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, proved his title earning 29 points in the match, as well as contributing with one rebound and six assists.
Oklahoma City held Sacramento to just 51 points and 30 percent shooting in the first three quarters, even with Durant sitting out for the last 1:25 of the third. Durant credits his team’s recent coming together for the win.
“Lately, we’ve been much better defensively and offensively,” stated Durant in an interview. ”So, tonight was a good game. We put both sides of the floor together pretty well.”
Durant wasn’t the only player who shined during the game. Russell Westbrook had 18 points and six assists, while Jeremy Lamb added 13 points to the score.
The Thunder beat some pretty formidable opposition in the form of Ben McLemore, who scored 18 points for the Kings, and Travis Outlaw, who added 17.
The Thunder also shut down Kings standouts DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Gay, who averages 20 points per game, was reduced to just seven. Cousins, who entered the game ranked 10th in the league for scoring, contributed only four.
”Not one guy could take credit for stopping Gay or Cousins, so we just try to do it together and rely on each other, and we did a good job,” Durant said.
Durant has scored at least 25 points in the last 37 consecutive games, creating the longest run since Michael Jordan’s 40-game streak with the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season.
The Thunder is also posting some pretty impressive stats, winning the last five of six and holding its opponents to 96 or fewer points in the last four of five wins.
”We put ourselves in position, if we defend, to win every game,” said Westbrook.
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