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February 15, 2011
In-game blog (Kings at Thunder)

FINALThunder 130, Kings 96

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Kings were handed their second-worst defeat of the season. This one came without Tyreke Evans. Only the 33-point defeat to the Lakers Dec. 3 in Los Angeles was worse.

*Kings coach Paul Westphal said he doesn't know who the starters will be tomorrow night at Dallas. That means DeMarcus Cousins, who was going to come off the bench until at least after the All-Star break, could start. That decision will be made depending on how Evans feels. Westphal said Evans is doubtful at this point.

*The Kings would have been giddy if they'd known Kevin Durant would shoot 5-for-18, missing seven of his eight three pointers. Problem was most of the Thunder had a good game. Daequan Cook came off the bench to lead the Thunder with 20 points. Seven players scored in double figures for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had a game-high 11 assists.

*Cousins led the Kings with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Pooh Jeter had 13 points and seven assists off the bench.

THIRD QUARTERThunder 100, Kings 75

OKLAHOMA CITY - Not much to say about this game, but I guess I could point at the poor defense by the Kings.

*The Thunder has scored at least 30 points in each quarter. Oklahoma City is shoting 51.4 percent.

*The Thunder is getting plenty of good looks. Oklahoma City has 28 fast-break points, making 10 of 11 shots on the break. The Thunder also has 44 points in the paint and have made 22 of 23 free throws.

*Oklahoma City has struggled with turnovers in recent losses but has only eight giveaways.

*The Kings are shooting 38.8 percent for the game.

HALFTIMEThunder 68, Kings 50

OKLAHOMA CITY - DeMarcus Cousins looks just fine. He has 14 points and 11 rebounds. But overall there's not much to like about the Kings tonight.

*The Kings are shooting 37.5 percent and allowing Oklahoma City to shoot 53.3 percent. The Kings have trailed by as much as 25 points in the first half.

*Kevin Durant and Jeff Green each have 13 points for the Thunder. Any other time the Kings would be thrilled with Durant's total, considering he's missed eight of 11 shots. But it's hard to be too excited about that down 18.

*Pooh Jeter took over for Luther Head 5:10 into the game and played the rest of the half. He has 10 points and four assists. Omri Casspi also has 10 points.

*The Kings have only six turnovers, but have allowed 23 fast-break points.

FIRST QUARTERThunder 37, Kings 24

OKLAHOMA CITY - With Tyreke Evans (plantar fasciitis) out and DeMarcus Cousins starting the game on the bench, the Kings fell behind quickly. The Kings fell behind 17-4 forcing Kings coach Paul Westphal quickly turn to Cousins and Cal Landry in favor of Samuel Dalembert and Jason Thompson. Pooh Jeter replaced Luther Head, who started for Evans moments later.

It didn't matter much. Oklahoma City is doing whatever it wants right now.

It's been a little bit of everyone chipping in for the Thunder. Kevin Durant only has eight points.

-Jason Jones

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