In the first quarter, Oklahoma City committed seven turnovers, and two of its best players, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, had only five points between them. The Thunder had made no 3-pointers and trailed 24-20 at the end of the first quarter. After Patrick Patterson opened the second quarter by hitting the first 3-pointer for OKC, the Kings began pulling away. Sacramento put together a pair of 7-0 runs and outscored Oklahoma City 24-10 in the first eight minutes of the quarter. The Thunder found themselves losing 48-33 to a woeful Kings team that had lost seven of its last eight.
With the game getting out of hand, the Thunder stormed back, closing the half on a 13-4 run to trail only 52-46. The Thunder’s star triple threat, Russell Westbrook, scored all 13 points of that run. Despite digging themselves into a deep hole and shooting an abysmal 18 percent from three in the first half, OKC was in striking distance at halftime. The Thunder proceeded to go back and forth with the Kings until, when tied at 66, Oklahoma City reeled off an 11-2 run to end the third quarter ahead 77-68. The Thunder kept the Kings at arm’s length the rest of the game and won 95-88.
Solid Showing from Stars, Patterson
The acclaimed trio of Westbrook, Anthony and George provided the most points for the Thunder.
Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists but was ejected in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official. Anthony had 20 points, 15 of which came in the third quarter. George is the league leader in steals and tied his season high with five steals to go with 18 points. Patterson tallied his second-highest point total since becoming a member of the Thunder, scoring 10 points on three 3-pointers and one free throw.