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April 13, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Thunder

Thunder 115, Kings 89

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Kings lost their seventh game in a row as the Western Conference leaders used their big second quarter to propel them.

The losing steak is the longest of the season for the Kings (19-41).

Jason Thompson was the only starter for the Kings who played in the fourth quarter of the blowout. The Thunder also rested their starters.

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 21 points. DeMarcus Cousins had nine points and 12 rebounds but shot just 3-for-14. Tyreke Evans played just 13 minutes and had two points.

The Kings shot 38.9 percent.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City (43-16) with 29 points.

Thunder 86, Kings 63

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Kings haven't recovered from the beatdown they took in the second quarter.

Isaiah Thomas is up to 21 points for the Kings, but his 17 points in the third quarter weren't nearly enough to begin a comeback.

Kevin Durant has 29 points and nine rebounds (and seven turnovers) and barring a major collapse, probably won't be needed in the fourth quarter. Same goes for Russell Westbrook (22 points, six rebounds, five assists).

Serge Ibaka has seven blocked shots.

Thunder 58, Kings 39

OKLAHOMA CITY - The bad shooting night only lasted for a quarter for the Thunder.

The Kings got a good look at that.

The Thunder shot 15-for-20 in the second quarter.

Kevin Durant looks like an MVP candidate (17 points, six rebounds, two assists) and the Kings look overmatched.

Tyreke Evans only played 8:39 after two quick fouls and hasn't scored. DeMarcus Cousins has missed eight of his 10 shots.

Only Marcus Thornton (12 points) has scored in double figures for the Kings.

Unless something changes drastically, the Kings are on their way to their seventh loss in a row.

Thunder 23, Kings 21

OKLAHOMA CITY - Offensive basketball at its best was not on display to poen this game.

The Kings are shooting 33 percent (8-of-24). Oklahoma City isn't much better at 34.6 percent (9-of-26).

Besides Marcus Thornton (10 points, 4-of-7 shooting) none of the Kings have found their way on offense. That hasn't been exploited because the Thunder can't score either.

DeMarcus Cousins has six points and seven rebounds, but is 2-of-9 from the field.

Kevin Durant leads the Thunder with eight points. Kendrick Perkins has seven points.

Serge Ibaka has three blocked shots. He blocked 10 shots against the Kings Feb. 9.

Oklahoma City had just one assist in the quarter.

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