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Isaiah Thomas led a late comeback, but it wasn't enough to overcome the huge deficit the Kings had built for themselves in the first half.
Sacramento dropped their third straight game Friday night, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-103. The Kings fell down by 20 plus points thanks to a disastrous 2nd quarter in which the the Thunder outscored the Kings 32-16. Kevin Durant was a monster, scoring 31 points on 10-14 shooting, with absolutely nobody on the Kings able to stop him. Serge Ibaka added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and former King Kevin Martin finished with 18 points off the bench.
Sacramento was able to fight back in the 4th quarter thanks to an absolutely stellar performance from Isaiah Thomas, who did not play at all in the first half. Thomas scored 23 points in the quarter to finish with 26 on 10-13 from the field and 4-7 from downtown. The Sacramento-era record for points in a quarter is 25 by Mitch Richmond, and Thomas almost beat him, but his final three point attempt rimmed out. The Thomas led comeback cut the Thunder lead all the way down to five with 3:20 to go after Jimmer Fredette hit three throws. Oklahoma City was forced to bring back their A-Team, and they were able to hold off the Kings.
Aside from Isaiah Thomas, the Kings saw good production from Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson. Evans, in his second game back from knee injury, scored 21 points on 8-12 from the field, along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Thompson scored 15 points on just 7 shots, and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
DeMarcus Cousins had a rough night after returning from suspension, scoring 10 points but on 3-12 shooting.
The Kings road trip ends with their sole victory having come at the beginning in Portland. They now get a brief respite on Sunday, when the Denver Nuggets come into town.
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