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Big 3 lead surging Thunder past Kings 105-95

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2013 at 12:48 am •  Published: January 26, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If the Oklahoma City Thunder never play in Sacramento again, they sure left quite a lasting memory.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin overcame a slow start, and Oklahoma City overwhelmed the Kings 105-95 on Friday night behind its star trio.

Durant had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Martin scored 24 and Westbrook added 18 points and a season-high 14 assists to anchor a 28-10 run to start the third quarter. The spurt helped the Thunder go ahead by 25 points and improve to 3-2 on their season-long six-game road trip, which ends Sunday at the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Maybe one of our better quarters of the year," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

With the Kings' pending purchase agreement to a group that wants to relocate the team to Seattle, there's no guarantee the Thunder — coincidentally the former SuperSonics, who moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008 — will be back in California's capital city next season.

An announced crowd of 15,022 showed up to root for the Kings and catch a glimpse of the Thunder, who have won eight of 10 to climb to the top of the NBA standings. Durant, who played his rookie season in Seattle, said he hopes the situation works out well for both West Coast cities.

Not that the Thunder showed any mercy to the Kings on the court.

Oklahoma City outshot Sacramento 48 to 41 percent, won the rebounding battle 47-39 and dished out 27 assists. The Kings had only one more assist than Westbrook, who had what Brooks called "one of his best overall games," especially considering the point guard shot 3 of 16 from the floor in a loss at Golden State on Wednesday night.

"We were passing up good shots to take great shots," Durant said.

Tyreke Evans scored 16 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points and eight rebounds on a difficult shooting night for the Kings, who have lost three straight and four of five. Cousins finished 6 of 16 from the floor and had seven of Sacramento's 18 turnovers.

"It's frustrating," Cousins said. "I'm going to keep my mouth closed and stay positive."

The worse news for the franchise still remains off the court.

The Maloof family has a signed agreement to sell the Kings to a group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, who intend to move the franchise to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name next season. The NBA Board of Governors must still approve the sale.

Ironically, Thunder owner Clay Bennett is the head of the league's relocation committee now.

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