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OKC Thunder notebook: Steven Adams continues to work through fouling woes

In the Thunder's 108-93 win over Sacramento on Sunday night, Adams fouled out in 19 minutes.
BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: January 19, 2014
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/articleid/3925493/1/pictures/2323448">Photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) grabs a rebound from Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) grabs a rebound from Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

ISAIAH THOMAS CONTINUES TO LIGHT UP THE THUNDER

Despite the loss, Isaiah Thomas was impressive for the second time this season against the Thunder.

Back in Sacramento, the Kings' sparkplug point guard scored 21 fourth quarter points, nearly bringing his team back for a wild win.

And on Sunday, he was their only bright spot, dropping a career-high 38 points on 11-of-18 shooting.

“Isaiah Thomas is a hard cover,” Brooks said. “He is quick, offensive-minded, great shooter, great manipulator of the pick and roll.”

At one point, when Thomas already had 20 points midway through the second quarter, Kevin Durant got off the bench and barked, “Take the challenge” at Reggie Jackson, who was getting torched.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Sacramento Kings are now 0-13 all-time in games played in Oklahoma City: 0-10 against the Thunder, 0-3 against the Hornets.

QUOTABLE

Kings coach Mike Malone, pregame, when asked about guarding Kevin Durant: I told our guys tonight there's no way he's getting 54. I just hope it's not 56.”

UP NEXT

After an off-day on Monday, the Thunder get a pair of shots at the two Western Conference rivals ahead of them in the standings. OKC hosts Portland at 7 p.m. Tuesday, before traveling to San Antonio on Wednesday. The Thunder-Spurs game starts at 8:30 p.m.


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