(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points for the seventh consecutive game, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10) coast to a 108-93 home win over Sacramento on Sunday. It was the third straight win for the Thunder.
The Kings (14-25) kept the game close for much of the contest, tying the game at 60 early in the third quarter. However, Oklahoma City went on an 8-0 run that forced a Sacremento timeout before taking an 89-74 lead into the fourth. Another 6-0 spurt by the Thunder would put the game out of reach following Rudy Gay’s ejection after receiving two technical fouls for arguing with officials.
Durant’s 30 point effort was accompanied by nine assists, six rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks. The NBA scoring leader was 10-for-15 shooting while Serge Ibaka poured in 20 as well for the Thunder. Oklahoma City was again playing without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook following knee surgery, and are now 8-5 this season without him.
Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with a career high 38 points, but 27 of those came in the first half. DeMarcus Cousins recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort.
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