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April 24, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Thunder

FINAL
Thunder 118, Kings 110

OKLAHOMA CITY - Daequan Cook scored 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder's reserves led a comeback win for Oklahoma City (47-18).

The Thunder didn't play its starters the entire fourth quarter but had enough to beat the Kings (21-44), who couldn't slow down Cook or Derek Fisher late in the game.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 32 points. Jason Thompson had a season-high 22 points. Travis Outlaw also had a season high with 20 points.

The Kings (21-44) lost even though they shot 52.4 percent and had 60 points in the paint.

The difference was free throws. The Thunder made 33-of-36 while the Kings were 20-of-27.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes.

THIRD QUARTER
Kings 86, Thunder 82

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Thunder stuck with their starters most of the third quarter but the Kings have maintained the lead behind DeMarcus Cousins, who leads Sacramento with 24 points.
Four of five starters for the Kings have scored in double figures. The fifth, Isaiah Thomas, has nine points.

Travis Outlaw has a season-high 18 points for the Kings.

Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 32 points, a total that should increase is slight lead over Kobe Bryant for the league scoring title.

Durant also has a game-high nine rebounds.

HALFTIME
Kings 59, Thunder 57

OKLAHOMA CITY - Neither team could keep up the hot shooting of the first quarter. After shooting 81.1 percent to open the game, the Kings are down to 58.1 percent.

The Thunder are at 46.3 percent after shooting 61.1 percent in the first quarter.

The Kings led by as many as 13 points but turnovers (six in the quarter) helped Oklahoma City get back in the game.

DeMarcus Cousins has 16 points to lead the Kings. Travis Outlaw and Jason Thompson each have 13 points for the Kings.

Kevin Durant has 20 points to lead the Thunder. Russell Westbrook has 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting and three assists.

FIRST QUARTER
Kings 40, Thunder 35

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Kings haven't looked this good on offense all season, or perhaps Oklahoma hasn't been this bad.

Either way, the Kings will take it.

Sacramento had its highest-scoring first quarter of the season after shooting 18-for-22 (81.1 percent). Travis Outlaw led the Kings with 10 points and four rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins has nine points. Jason Thompson and Tyreke Evans each have eight points. Isaiah Thomas has five points and five assists.

The Kings had 12 fast-break points, nine assists and only one turnover.

The Thunder shot 61.1 percent. Kevin Durant, who is trying to win his third scoring title, has 16 points for the Thunder.

He's not expected to play a lot with the Thunder having already secured the second seed in the Western Conference.



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