The Kings shot just 36.5 percent and eclipsed their season-low output for scoring by just two points.
They never led.
Oklahoma City led by as many as 22 in the first half before taking a 16-point lead into the half. From there, the Thunder ran and hid, turning the third quarter into a virtual slam-dunk contest.
The Thunder made 12 of 16 field goals in the quarter. Ten of the team’s makes were point-blank buckets, either layups or dunks. Five were layups. The other two baskets were 3-pointers.
Eleven of OKC’s 12 made field goals in that decisive period were assisted. None were prettier than the pair of alley-oops shared by the team’s two stars. First, Westbrook found Durant on a backcut from the right block. Durant then returned the favor by lobbing a pass high into the air for a streaking Westbrook to finish in spectacular fashion with a two-handed flush. They were part of a 16-2 run the Thunder used to end the quarter and take a 31-point lead into the final frame.
“Our setups were good,” Brooks said. “We were moving the basketball. We were coming hard off of screens. We were looking for each other on all of our pick-and-roll actions. And we have some good players.
“Offensively, we’ve been really good this year. I thought we had another growth about a month and a half ago of really playing good basketball. And we’re passing the ball the best we ever had. We continue to work on that end, but we still have to focus on what we do defensively.”