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January 25, 2013
In-game blog: Kings vs. Thunder

Thunder 105, Kings 95

The final score makes this game look closer than it really was.

The Thunder was in control from late in the second quarter until the end of the game as the Kings lost their third game in a row.

Sacramento beings a season-long six-game road trip Saturday night at Denver.

The Thunder (34-10) led by as many as 25 points in the second half.

The Kings (16-28) shot 41.9 percent for the game and had more turnovers (19) than assists (15).

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 16 points.

All-Star Kevin Durant led the Thunder (34-10) with 24 points and 11 rebounds. All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had 18 points and 14 assists. He sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Former King Kevin Martin came off the bench to score 24 points.

Thunder 86, Kings 67

The game continues get worse for the Kings, who scored just 16 points in the third quarter. Their offense is bad (41.3 percent shooting). Sacramento has 11 assists, three fewer than Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder has 25 assists on 32 made shots.

The Kings have given up 16 points off 16 turnovers and been outrebounded 36-31.

Kevin Martin has 19 points for OKC, as does Kevin Durant.

DeMarcus Cousins has 13 points to lead the Kings.

Thunder 58, Kings 51

The Kings' 14-point lead in the first quarter is a distant memory.

Kevin Martin, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have taken over this game.

The Kings led 23-9 before Oklahoma City began to chip away at the lead beyind Martin (15 points), Westbrook (15 points, six assists) and Durant (13 points, eight rebounds, four assists).

The Kings stalled on offense, especially in the second quarter and have only six assists for the game. The Thunder, not known as a high-assist team (21.59 per game, 19th in the NBA) already has 16 assists.

DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton each have 11 points to lead the Kings.

*Sorry for the lack of a first-quarter update. Had some wifi issues that seem to be resolved.

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