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April 15, 2013
In-game blog: Kings at Thunder

FINAL
Thunder 104, Kings 95

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Kings dropped their third consecutive game to finish the season with an 8-33 road record and go winless on their three-game road trip.

The Kings (28-53) finish the season Wednesday by hosting the Los Angeles Clippers.

Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 16 points. Cole Aldrich matched his career high with 12 points and set a career-high with 13 rebounds. His previous best was 12 rebounds last night in Houston.

Travis Outlaw had 15 points off the bench for the Kings and Jimmer Fredette added 11 points.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and eight assists before being ejected after picking up his second technical foul in the fourth quarter.

THIRD QUARTER
Thunder 83, Kings 67

OKLAHOMA CITY - There was quite a bit of tension for a game the Thunder has led by as many as 24 points.

There were three technical fouls called in the third quarter. John Salmons picked one with 5:55 left in the period.

Salmons was upset over several calls and teammates had to step in to make sure he didn't pick up a second tech and be ejected from the game.

Russell Westbrook and Isaiah Thomas were called for double techs with 3:04 left in the quarter for getting into what appeared to be a case of too much talking and staring at each other.

Westbrook eventually asked Thomas "What the (expletive) you looking at?" before Daniel Orton stepped in front of Westbrook and coaches and teammates stood in front of Thomas.

Thomas is the only Kings to have scored in double figures with 16 points.

Kevin Durant has a game-high 25 points.

HALFTIME
Thunder 54, Kings 43

OKLAHOMA CITY - Like most teams, the Kings have no answer to slowing down Kevin Durant.

Durant has 18 points to keep the Thunder in control of this game. The Kings shooting improved to 41.9 percent for the game, but still lags behind the 50 percent shooting from the Thunder.

No Kings has scored in double figures. Tyreke Evans, who is out for the game with a left quad strain, still has a team-high eight points. DeMarcus Cousins has five points and four of the Kings' 10 turnovers.

The Thunder don't need the help, but have taken advantage of the Sacramento mistakes, converting the 10 turnovers into 13 points.

Cousins (1 of 6) and Jason Thompson (1 of 5) haven't been effective on offense yet, which is needed without Evans.

Marcus Thornton, who figures to play more with Evans out, is shooting 2 of 7 for four points.

The Kings have trailed by as many as 14 points.

FIRST QUARTER
Thunder 25, Kings 19

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Kings haven't lost this game, but have already lost Tyreke Evans for the game to a left quad strain.

Evans landed hard on a made lay up with two minutes to play in the first quarter and was grabbing his left knee. Evans had to be helped off the court.

Evans had eight points and had made four of the Kings' seven field goals in the quarter.

The Kings shot 33.3 percent (7 of 21) to start the game and had five turnovers.

Russell Westbrook leads the Thunder with seven points and two assists. Serge Ibaka has already blocked two shots.

The presence of Ibaka and Hasheem Thabeet (playing for injured starter Kendrick Perkins) might explain why DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson each shot 1 of 5 in the first quarter.




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