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February 9, 2012
Kings vs. Thunder: In-game blog

Kings 106, Thunder 101

Trailing by eight points midway through the fourth quarter, the Kings closed out the game with a 19-6 run to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion.

Tyreke Evans finished with a team-high 22 points for the Kings, who improved to 10-16. DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 9 rebounds, and Jason Thompson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Thunder saw their Western Conference-best record drop to 20-6. Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 33 points and Kevin Durant had 27 points and 8 rebounds.

The Kings, who shot 40 percent from the floor, forced 23 turnovers and overcame a 48-percent shooting night and 17 blocked shots by the Thunder.

Thunder 78, Kings 76

Russell Westbrook scored 16 points in the third quarter as the Thunder took a two-point lead going into the fourth.

Westbrook leads all scorers with 27 points and has added 5 rebounds. Kevin Durant has 17 points for the Thunder.

Tyreke Evans has a team-high 16 points for the Kings, who have also received 14 points and 6 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins, and 8 points and 9 rebounds from Jason Thompson.

Oklahoma City did an excellent job of challenging the Kings' shots after halftime. The Thunder has 14 blocks, including 9 by forward Serge Ibaka.

That has knocked down the Kings' shooting percentage, though they are still shooting above 40 percent from the floor.

Kings 57, Thunder 55

The Thunder have all three of their leading scorers in double figures, but the Kings lead Oklahoma City at halftime at Power Balance Pavilion, 57-55.

Both teams shot well from the floor in the first half. The Thunder made 19 of 40 attempts (48 percent) while the Kings were 23-for-50 (46 percent).

The Kings' bench players gave them a spark, outscoring the Thunder's reserves in the half, 26-14.

Tyreke Evans leads the Kings with 12 points. Chuck Hayes scored 8 points off the bench, while Jason Thompson scored 3 points and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds.

James Harden leads the Thunder with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Kevin Durant has 13 points and guard Russell Westbrook has 11 points and 4 rebounds.

The Kings lead despite center DeMarcus Cousins sitting out the entire second quarter after getting into early foul trouble.

Oklahoma City committed 12 turnovers in the first half.

Kings 23, Thunder 19

The Kings jumped out to a fast start in front of an energetic home crowd and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder after one quarter at Power Balance Pavilion, 23-19.

The Kings took an 11-2 lead in the first three minutes, with Marcus Thornton's three-pointer from the wing capping the run.

After a timeout, the Thunder responded with a 17-5 run of its own.

But the Kings regained the lead behind a team-high 8 points from center DeMarcus Cousins and 5 points from guard Marcus Thornton. Forward Jason Thompson added 3 points and 7 rebounds. Cousins, though, also picked up three fouls in the quarter.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 9 points and 2 assists, while Serge Ibaka added 4 points and 4 rebounds.

The Thunder shot 41 percent from the floor (7-of-17), while the Kings shot 36 percent (10-of-28).

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