Oklahoma City At Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM
ET, Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
After sweeping a six-game homestand, the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road looking for their eighth straight win in Sacramento against the Kings. Oklahoma City rode Kevin Durant's first triple-double of the season to its latest win, knocking off Minnesota on Sunday to improve to 9-0 at home. With five fourth quarter home comebacks this season, coach Scott Brooks credits the home crowd, telling The Oklahoman, "They keep us going. We've got a great crowd that our players don't want to let down."
Following a home-and-home two-game sweep over Phoenix, Sacramento has fallen on hard times yet again and dropped its fourth in a row on Sunday in a 115-113 home loss to Golden State. The Kings have developed a penchant for falling way behind in games before battling back to make things interesting but continue to come up short - something that guard Marcus Thornton told the Sacramento Bee has to stop. "It's all good and dandy that we're staying in games and fighting hard but we're always on the losing end of it," Thornton said. "One of these days, we have to get over that hump."
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN Oklahoma, CSN California (Sacramento)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (12-3): Durant's team-high 28.3 points leads the NBA and his performance against Minnesota had Brooks marveling at his totals of 32 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and four blocks. "He's one of the few guys who can do that," Brooks said. Point guard Reggie Jackson, who averages 11.1 points off the Oklahoma City bench, finished the homestand averaging 13.7 points while shooting 55 percent, including a combined 25 points in the fourth quarters of wins over San Antonio and Minnesota.
ABOUT THE KINGS (4-11): Sacramento coach Michael Malone gave his club credit for its ability to fight back, saying, "I never want to be a team that just rolls over." But, like Thornton, Malone recognizes that this trend can't go on for long. "The challenge we have as a team is to stay together and find ways to close things out," he said. DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings' offense, averaging 21.7 points while also grabbing 10.1 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas adds 17.1 points and 4.6 assists off the bench.
1. Durant is the first player since Michael Jordan in 1998 to finish with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and four blocks in a game.
2. The Kings have trailed by 10 points or more in 11 games this season.
3. Oklahoma City has beaten Sacramento six times in a row and has taken 14 of the last 15 meetings in the series.
PREDICTION: Thunder 109, Kings 100
Stats and Records
Sacramento Off vs
Oklahoma City Def
97.1 Points For
99.2 Points Against