The Kings are still in Sacramento, for the moment. And for the first 12 minutes tonight, they were an offensive powerhouse. After that, not so much: the Thunder outscored them 59-37 in the middle quarters, and while the Kings mounted a rally in the fourth, OKC managed a ten-point win, 105-95, strangely reminiscent of the last ten-point win by the Thunder over the Kings, also marked by a Sacramento rally in the fourth.
Interestingly, all ten Kings on the floor got at least a couple of baskets, though none of them scored big: Tyreke Evans picked up 16, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson 14 each, and Marcus Thornton 13 from the bench. Sacramento was fairly reliable from beyond the arc, making eight of 15 treys, but they managed only 42 percent shooting overall.
Batman and Robin did the double-double thing tonight: Kevin Durant 24 points and 11 rebounds, Russell Westbrook 18 points and 14 assists. (Westbrook didn’t even play in the fourth quarter, the Thunder having been up by 19 when it started.) Former King Kevin Martin remembers this place well, and lit it up for 24 points. The most interesting line, though, may belong to DeAndre Liggins, who in 14 minutes scored only two points, both at the foul line, but retrieved seven rebounds and blocked a shot.
This is the Thunder’s last visit to Sacramento this year, and perhaps ever: the Maloof brothers are planning to sell their controlling interest in the team to a Seattle-based group which intends to relocate it to America’s Most Unironic City next season. Whether this portends a division realignment remains to be seen, though it’s hard to imagine the Sonics v.2 not being in the Northwest. And if OKC in the Pacific makes no sense, well, we play baseball in the Pacific Coast League.