“They, for years, do a great job of turning you over,” Kings coach Mike Malone said, pointing to his team's 20 giveaways. “But more importantly, (they) convert them.”
Less than a week ago, the Thunder was stuck in a rut and faced with a looming challenge.
OKC had lost three of four and entered halftime in Houston trailing by double-digits. It was the first of a five-game, seven-day stretch that included four tests against Western Conference contenders. The outlook didn't look good.
But that was Thursday night. And oh how quickly things have changed since.
The Thunder came back to beat the Rockets, bested Golden State in a shootout and capped this impressive three-game winning streak with Sunday's win over Sacramento.
OKC is playing its best basketball since Russell Westbrook's latest setback.
And it's coming at an ideal time, with an intriguing back-to-back against the Blazers and Spurs set to start 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Suddenly, what figured to be the back end of an extended rough patch now becomes an appealing chance to test the Westbrook-less waters against the two Western Conference rivals ahead of OKC in the standings.