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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 29 as OKC beats Sacramento Kings

Kevin Durant has scored at least 25 points in 37 consecutive games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season. Durant could have done more damage, but he sat for good with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 28, 2014

Three things about the Sacramento Kings put a mild scare into Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Isaiah Thomas. Rudy Gay. And DeMarcus Cousins.

All three average 20 points, and, to Brooks, that meant at any moment either of them could erupt for 35.

But Thomas, the diminutive but dynamite point guard, missed the game with a quad injury. The other two, Gay and Cousins, couldn’t combine to muster 20 points. And with Sacramento’s three biggest scoring threats neutralized, the Thunder waxed the Kings, 94-81, on Friday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 29 points on a tremendous display of efficiency, hitting nine of his 11 shot attempts, including three of four 3-pointers and all eight of his free throws. He added six assists. Russell Westbrook added 18 points, five rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes. Both got to rest the entire fourth quarter, even as the Kings trimmed a 32-point lead to 16 before the Thunder’s bench ultimately closed it out.

Cousins, the Kings demonstrative and, at times, disgruntled center, finished with four points on 2-for-8 shooting. It was his second-lowest scoring night of the year. His season low is two points.

“We wanted to make sure that we stayed between him and the basket,” Brooks said. “It sounds simple, but that’s hard to do against this kid. He’s an aggressive player. He’s a very talented big in this league. We did a good job.”

Gay scored just seven points, converting only three of his 11 shot attempts. It was Gay’s second straight forgettable trip to Oklahoma City. The last time he came to town, he scored six points on 3-for-7 shooting before his frustrating night ended in an ejection.

For the Kings, it was simply that latest in a string of disappointing visits.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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