“Kevin was solid,” Brooks said. “That was a solid game. He filled up the stat sheet in just about every positive other than the four turnovers.”
Four Thunder players attempted at least 11 shots, and no Thunder player attempted more than Durant and Russell Westbrook's 15. As a result, five Thunder players finished with at least 10 points, including defensive cogs Serge Ibaka (12 points, six rebounds, eight blocks) and Kendrick Perkins (10 points, seven rebounds).
“We always want to move the ball,” Durant said. “If a guy has it going, we're going to give him the ball. But everybody had it tonight.”
The Thunder had to shake off a shaky first half in which the offense was clicking — as evidenced by 59.5 percent shooting — but the defense couldn't close out possessions. OKC allowed Sacramento to pull down 15 offensive rebounds in the firsts 24 minutes. Over that same span, the Thunder had just one.
Amazingly, the Kings converted just two-of-12 of its second chance opportunities and had just two putback points in that span.
“We did a couple of things well in the second half,” Brooks said. “I thought we made them miss shots, and when we did that we rebounded the basketball. They got 15 offensive rebounds in the first half and only two in the second half.”
The difference was noticeable to everyone.
“They're a tight-knit group,” said Kings rookie guard Jimmer Fredette. “They really, really are playing for each other.”