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article imageNBA: Thunder scores 126 points to take care of the Kings in OKC

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 16, 2011 in Sports
Oklahoma City - The Thunder went to work on the Kings as they are trying to move up in the Western Conference. The Kings have been having trouble with their rookie DeMarcus Cousins who is playing in his first game after being suspended and fined by the organization.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (35-19) is now just two and a half games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the West with this win over the Sacramento Kings (13-39). In a game that looked like a blowout from the jump ended in that fashion with a 126-96 victory for the Thunder.
The Thunder opened the game on a 25-9 run behind the play of Durant and Westbrook. The quarter was pretty much lopsided the whole quarter as the Thunder scored at will. The Kings went on a 10-8 run to end the quarter, but was still down 37-24 going into the second quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Thunder kept their foot on the gas rolling the Kings with a 19-7 run putting them up 56-31. The Thunder went up on the Kings by 20 points going into halftime. The Thunder looked like they could score at will as they put up their highest half total of the season with 68 points.
The Thunder gave a complete team effort as no one scored over 20 points but everyone that played scored except for one player. Daequan Cook was the team leader with 20 points off the bench. Kevin Durant was the second leading scorer with 17 points and seven rebounds. Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic scored 16 points apiece with Krstic scoring seven straight points to open the third. Russell Westbrook scored 10 points and had 11 assists in just 25 minutes of play.
The trouble DeMarcus Cousins was the leading scorer for the Kings off the bench with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Omri Casspi was the second leading scorer with 14 points and Eugene Jeter scored 13 points and had seven assists. Three Kings scored 10 points, but they did not score enough to keep up with the hot Thunder roster.
The Thunder opened the game up going on a 13-6 run and they pushed the lead up to 30 at the 6:11 mark in the third quarter. The Kings got it down later on but they could not get it closer than 20 as the Thunder ended with a 100-75 lead.
The fourth quarter was much of the same as the Thunder was not threaten at all by the Kings in the final period. The Thunder pushed the lead to 29 points at the 4:47 mark. The Kings knocked down the point total as the Thunder let their bench play the rest of the game. The Kings called no timeouts in the final quarter and the Thunder went on an 11-6 run to finish the game 126-96.
The Thunder will go into the break winning five of seven games, with this being the last game before the break.
The Kings went to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. The Kings have only one game this month out of five and are sitting as the bottom of the NBA right ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavs.
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