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.
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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.
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.”
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.