Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kings' Isaiah Thomas scores 23 in fourth

Isaiah Thomas, the Sacramento Kings' 5-foot-9 reserve point guard, single-handedly forced Thunder starters Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka to re-enter a game that just moments earlier was a 24-point mismatch.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: December 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012
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Collison appeared to give Robinson a pep talk while motioning what adjustment Robinson might try to make.

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who rarely exchanges pleasantries after games, walked over to troubled Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. They shared a fist bump but no words were spoken.

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OKC is 11-0 when five or more players score in double-digits. … The 10-game winning streak is the longest in OKC history and the longest dating back to Seattle since 11 straight in November of 1996. … The 19-4 start is the best in OKC history. … The Thunder's next game is at The Peake against the San Antonio Spurs (18-6) at 7 p.m. Monday. … Tommy Heath of the group Tommy Tutone was a halftime musical guest and sang “867-5309/Jenny.”

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Kings coach Keith Smart on his team getting within 103-98 late in the game, only for the Thunder to pull away with its starters back in the game: “They had a group in there at the end of the game, but this game should have been on ice. … We got it to within the five to seven point (deficit). We made it tough, but Scottie has that luxury over there to the call the big dogs back into the game.”


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