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OKC Thunder Blowout The Short Handed Sacramento Kings (116-103)
The Oklahoma City Thunder came into this game against the Sacramento Kings tied with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 8th spot in the West. What the Thunder didn’t know is that during their game the Pelicans beat the Suns by a landslide. The Thunder came into the game against the Kings knowing that they would be short handed without Demarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and Darren Collison. The Kings came into the game with house money as no one expected them to win this game but them. Enes Kanter was able to take advantage of Cousins not being in the paint and he was able to have his way. The bigs of the Kings couldn’t contain his offensive moves as he was able to get 25 points and was able to establish things with Westbrook on the pick and roll.
The Thunder were huge favorites going against them and the Kings gave them a good battle. Russell Westbrook lead the way with a double double 27 points and 10 assists and showed that he was a true leader on the court. Every moment the team needed someone to depend on Westbrook was there just like a super hero.
The important thing was that the wing players Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow stepped up big time to help they combined for 41 points. When Morrow and Waiters are playing that aggressive and are hitting there jumpshots the Thunder have been successful. Those guys played very confident and they’re able to find the spots that they can be successful within the court. Waiters has one of the best step back jumpers and Morrow has the quickest release for his jumper so if they can keep it going they will be dangerous.
The Kings didn’t back down in this loss as they got a good night from Ben McLemore as he scored 20 points and this game also was a huge stepping stone for Ray McCallum as he had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The Kings are out of the playoff contention but they did try to spoil the Thunder’s chances playing them very tight. The Thunder will be flying to Indiana to face a red hot Pacers team who have Paul George back and are clicking on all cylinders right now. The good news is that Serge Ibaka is looking very good pregame workouts and looks like he will be coming back really soon. The Thunder did get Nick Collison back in the lineup tonight but it seems once the Thunder get someone back they lose another one as Perry Jones got hurt. Perry Jones was seen leaving the locker room in a boot and crutches which didn’t look good for the Thunder at all.