Game Recap: Thunder 120, Kings 112

News and notes following the Thunder’s 120-112 win over the Sacramento Kings:

  • 55 wins on the season, five better than last year with one still to play. The Thunder now moves to within a half game of the Lakers for the #3 seed in the Western Conference going into their game with San Antonio Tuesday night. Dallas, with a win in Houston, is still a game ahead of OKC for the #2 seed.
  • Oklahoma City has won five games in a row, and 19 of their last 23. This is the Thunder’s fifth winning streak of at least five games. “It feels great,” said Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, “We’re clicking right now, doing a great job, really confident in what we’re doing.
  • Westbrook had 30 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, he also pulled down eight rebounds. Westbrook (12-for-22) and Durant (8-for-16) combined to score 62 points on 20-for-38 (52.6%) shooting.
    “Nice back-to-back road wins for us,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks. “Our defense was spotty at times, the second quarter got away from us but we came out and played well in the third quarter. We played good basketball in the third quarter and that was the key to the game.”
  • As a team Oklahoma City again with a great shooting night, 57.3%, and they hold the Kings to just 41.2%.
  • Oklahoma City sweeps the California back-to-back. It’s the seventh time this season they’ve taken both games and the team finishes the regular season with a 25-16 road record.
    “These wins are very important,” said Durant, “But what we did in March and early April goes out the door in the playoffs. We still can do things to improve. Sometimes we don’t value the basketball like we should or we give up too many dunks and layups. We have a good team we just want to keep working and improving.”
  • Serge Ibaka with 14 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots and he altered several Kings shots.
    “Serge really came out in the third quarter with a lot of force,” said Brooks. “Serge’s defense was a big part of our win.”
  • Thunder leading 24-20 at the end of the first quarter. Oklahoma City begins the game shooting 47.6% while holding Sacramento to just 38.1%.
  • The Kings score 15 points off turnovers to lead at halftime 57-51. Sacramento scores 37 points, on 70% shooting, in the second quarter, 17 more than what they had in the first.
  • OKC shooting 51.2% at the break, the Kings a shade better at 53.7%. Rebounds were even at 18 apiece.
  • Russell Westbrook (15) and Kevin Durant (14) combine for 29 Thunder points in the half.
  • Good third quarter for Oklahoma City puts the Thunder back in front, 87-83. They outscored Sacramento 36-26 in the quarter. OKC goes on a 13-5 run to end the quarter. Thunder shooting 56.5% after three quarters and the Kings down to 41.8%.
  • Thunder defense forces Sacramento into 10 straight missed shots over a five minute stretch from the last three minutes of the third quarter into the first two minutes of the fourth.

PLAYS THE BOX SCORE WON’T SHOW: Kevin Durant getting back quickly on defense in the early going to block a Marcus Thornton shot...Nice steal by Russell Westbrook as he runs up behind Beno Udrih and knocks the ball away...Nazr Mohammed sets a good, solid screen for James Harden who hits his shot...Durant with a nifty backdoor cut late in the quarter and gets the alley-oop pass from Eric Maynor for the score...Thunder big men pack the paint on the next Kings possession forcing them into a missed shot...Nick Collison has been handing out some assists lately and early in the second quarter he drives the lane, draws defenders to him then dishes to Nazr Mohammed for the basket...Westbrook with a couple of big plays back-to-back as he grabs an offensive rebound then turns to drive the lane and score...After the Kings inbound the ball Westbrook steals it away from Beno Udrih at mid-court and races in for the score...Kendrick Perkins working on the offensive end in the third quarter setting a solid screen to sporing Westbrook for the score...Perkins grabs a long offensive rebound out at mid-court, sees no one is picking him up and he drives all the way in for the basket and is fouled...Serge Ibaka blocks one shot and alters another on the same Sacramento possession and then grabs the rebound off another missed shot. Three big plays by Serge on the same Kings possession halfway through the third quarter...Ibaka and Perkins blowup a Kings possession by altering two DeMarcus Cousins shots, forcing each to miss, then grabbing a rebound...Ibaka blocks another Kings shot, his fifth of the night, then forces a shot clock violation...Collison with a dish to Harden then he sets the screen that frees Harden for a 3-pointer...Eric Maynor with a steal then drives all the way in for the score...Ibaka with another block down low to trigger a Thunder fast break and Harden is fouled going to the rack...Perkins sets a big screen for Westbrook late in the game and Russ knocks down the jumper...

STATS WORTH REPEATING: The Thunder have now won 12 straight games when they score at least 100 points...They finish the regular season 25-16 in road games...Oklahoma City shoots 57.3% and holds the Kings to 41.2%...Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, he also pulled down eight rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 30 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Westbrook (12-for-22) and Durant (8-for-16) combined to score 62 points on 20-for-38 (52.6%) shooting...Serge Ibaka with six blocked shots to go along with 14 points and eight rebounds...The Thunder finished with 50 points in the paint.

LAST WORD: For the third time this season Kevin Durant was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week...”In the playoffs we need a lot of guys to play well and they will,” said Head Coach Scott Brooks, “We just need everyone to keep working hard and getting better.”

UP NEXT: The final regular season home game of year Wednesday night with Milwaukee coming to town. Tip-off against the Bucks is set for 7 p.m. you can watch all the action on Fox Sports Oklahoma or listen.