Russell Westbrook was eager to get back on the court Friday following a loss at Golden State two nights earlier.
When he did, he unleashed an all-around assault for which the Kings had no counter.
Westbrook scored 18 points with a season-high 14 assists in the Thunder's 105-95 win at Sacramento. His assist total was two shy of tying his career high and one away from matching the Kings' team tally.
“He was great,” said Kevin Martin. “He's a special point guard. He wasn't looking to score too much. He was just making the right play all night.”
Westbrook was dreadful in the Thunder's five-point loss to the Warriors. He scored just 10 points, tying his season low, and missed 13 of his 16 shots. He had five rebounds and four assists, but he also turned the ball over six times.
After his impressive showing in Friday's win, Westbrook said it was easy to shake off Wednesday's game.
“Very easy,” he said. “I mean, you've got 82 games. For you to hang your head on one game that we had an opportunity to win, it doesn't matter.
“You have nights like that. There's nobody in this league that's going to play 82 games and not have some letdowns. So I'm not really worried about that.”
JEREMY LAMB TEARING IT UP IN TULSA
Rookie guard Jeremy Lamb has scored 30 points in back-to-back games while on assignment in the NBA D-League with the Tulsa 66ers.
Lamb scored 30 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in a five-point win over Iowa on Jan. 22 and followed that up with 30 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four steals in just 27 minutes in a 107-84 win over the Los Angeles Defenders on Friday night.
In 13 games with the 66ers, Lamb is averaging 22.8 points — ranking first among D-League players who have played at least seven games — 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.3 minutes. He's shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from behind the 3-point line and 91.5 percent from the free-throw line.
DURANT RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE SINCE DECEMBER
It took 19 games and more than a month. But Kevin Durant on Friday finally registered another double-double.
Durant scored 24 points with a game-high 11 rebounds in the Thunder's 10-point win at Sacramento. It was his first double-double since Dec. 19, when he scored 41 points with 13 rebounds in a win at Atlanta.
Durant started the season by recording six double-doubles in his first 11 games.
Friday was just his eighth of the season.
Sacramento coach Keith Smart on Durant's 24-point game Friday against the Kings — “If he only has 24 points, then you slowed him down a little bit.”
Sunday's game will be the third of four meetings between the Thunder and Lakers. The two teams will meet for the final time on March 5 in Oklahoma City. … Durant scored 42 points against the Lakers inside Staples Center on Jan. 11. Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists. … The Lakers were without center Dwight Howard and power forward Pau Gasol in the last meeting. Both are expected to play Sunday. … Oklahoma City is a conference-best 22-5 against Western Conference opponents. … The Thunder is 15-0 when it shoots at least 50 percent and 14-1 when five players score at least 10 points.