By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City cruised past the Kings 104-95 on Monday night, in a win that was much easier than the final score indicated. Here’s some rapid reaction:
It was over when…
…Sacramento’s YMCA-level defense showed up in Oklahoma City. Ok, that may be a bit harsh. But the Kings roster, full of shoot-first, shoot-second players, has little chance of stopping anyone, much less the most prolific offense in the NBA. The Kings give up 105 points per game (2.2 points more than anyone else), while the Thunder score 106 (tied for the most in the NBA). In other words, no matter which OKC players suited up and for how long, Sacramento never really had much of a chance.
Star of the game – Thunder organization
With Monday night’s win, the Thunder experienced a couple of OKC-era franchise firsts. This is the first Thunder team to hit the 60-win plateau and the first one to claim the Western Conference’s top seed, doing so with one game to play.
Locked into the one-seed, OKC must now await its first round opponent and start date. Utah won tonight, and the Rockets play later, so there is still a chance it could be one of three teams in the eighth slot: Jazz, Lakers, Rockets.
Stat of the game
The Sacramento Kings are now 0-12 all-time in games played in Oklahoma City (0-9 vs the Thunder and 0-3 vs the Hornets). Overall, the Thunder is 15-3 against the Kings since moving to OKC.
Peek at the box score
-Kevin Durant: 10/16 shooting, 27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks
-Russell Westbrook: 8/19 shooting, 21 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals
-Jeremy Lamb (I’m driving his bandwagon): 4/6 shooting, 8 points in 9 minutes
The season-finale comes Wednesday, with the Thunder playing Milwaukee in Chesapeake Energy Arena. Might be an ideal time to sit (or at least limit minutes) for the superstars, with essentially nothing on the line.