The Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Sacramento Kings, 110 to 107

The Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Sacramento Kings, 110 to 107

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to start another winning streak as they hope to grab their second straight win after All-Star break.  They will look to do that against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center, who are currently on the brink of a two-game losing streak.  The Thunder and the Kings have battled it out a grand total of 238 times in the past as the Thunder won 150 games while the Kings were limited to just 88 wins.

This meeting between these two ball clubs will mark the third of four times that they will play each this season.  The last time they met up was on January 15 when the Thunder slipped away with a 95 to 88 win.  During that game, Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off one assist, and blocked 2 shots while Buddy Hield finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

INACTIVES:

Oklahoma City Thunder:

Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
Dakari Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.3 FG%)
Kyle Singler (coach’s decision; 2.1 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 45.5 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
PJ Dozier (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)

Sacramento Kings:

Harry Giles (knee)
Iman Shumpert (foot; 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 37.9 FG%, 26.9 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
De’Aaron Fox (eye; 11.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 41.0 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
JaKarr Sampson (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.1 FG%, 60.0 3P%)
Kosta Koufos (illness; 6.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.1 FG%)
Jack Cooley (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

Despite the Thunder ending the first quarter with a huge 44 to 21 lead, the first half would be competitive as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Kings shot fifty percent.  Paul George scored 15 points as he nailed two three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had two defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony collected 15 points, as well.  Anthony, however, would earn all of those points from beyond the arc while Steven Adams earned himself 12 points and 2 blocks.  Russell Westbrook helped out with 8 points while recording 9 defensive rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.  Raymond Felton played 10 minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points.

On the other end of the court, two-time All-Star Zach Randolph posted up 14 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had 8 rebounds and 2 assists while Buddy Hield scored 12 points off of the bench.  Hield added 6 rebounds and 3 assists to it while Willie Cauley-Stein earned himself seven points.  Former Washington Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple knocked down two three-pointers while Bogdan Bogdanovic had two free-throws.  Vince Carter played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder who went into the locker room with a 67 to 60 lead.

The home team would make a comeback, though, as they sparked up a 53 to 43 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Randolph continued to put on a scoring display as he earned 17 more points, which included a three-pointer early in the third quarter.  He also had two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while Vince Carter had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.  Hield played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

As for the Thunder, George had 11 more points with one three-pointer in the middle of the third period.  He also had five defensive rebounds and one assist while Carmelo Anthony collected eight points with two three-pointers.  Westbrook earned 9 points, 6 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal but the most important shot was at the end of the game when he nailed a clutch three-pointer to give the Thunder a 110 to 107 win.  Paul George finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal while Zach Randolph had 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on Stephen Curry (26.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (44-14) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The Warriors and the Thunder have fought each other a total of 262 times in the past as the Thunder pulled out 145 wins while the Warriors were limited to just 117 victories.  February 6 was the last time they met up as the Thunder defeated the Warriors, 125-105. Paul George finished the game with 38 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 6 steals while Kevin Durant had 33 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will host Brandon Ingram (16.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 46 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (23-34) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four times that they will play each other this season.  The Kings and the Lakers have saw each other a grand total of 462 times as the Kings won 165 games while the Lakers went on to earn 297 wins.  The last time they met up was on January 9 when the Kings fell short to the Lakers, 99-86.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, gave out 6 assists, and committed one steal while Bogdan Bogdanovic had 19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

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