In Sacramento, Paul George contributed 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. Those turnovers have been "probably the biggest" factor in OKC's wins, coach Billy Donovan said. "Passed one up, got another one blocked". "And I think a lot of that has been coupled by the fact that they've turned the ball over a lot". "I just read the defender and tried to pop back and get some space".
Complete final statistics were unavailable after a computer glitch froze the Kings' system at the end of the third quarter. The team's media relations staff ended up photocopying the handwritten official scorebook - which kept track of 2-pointers, 3-pointers, free throws and little else - and handing it out to reporters, players and coaches alike.
Westbrook grabbed a copy and looked at it briefly before tossing it aside. "I used to be able do those back in the day, but I don't know what it looks like now". "I can't understand it". Paul George was also a big reason for the February 6 Oklahoma City win as he poured in a game-high 38 points.
Justin Jackson's putback had tied it at 107-107 with a second to play.
It came after Sacramento's Garrett Temple was screened away from Westbrook, leaving the All-Star guard open.
"It's a process for us and these guys are young", Carter said.
Trey Burke scored 26 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 as NY snapped an eight-game losing streak, beating host Orlando. After Anthony left with a sprained ankle six minutes into the Thunder's most recent game in Oakland on February 6, George (38 points, six steals) and Westbrook (34 points, nine assists, nine rebounds) led OKC to victory. Stephen Curry was phenomenal with a game-high 44 points as he shot 14-of-19, including 8-of-11 on 3-pointers. "That's what he does".
The Thunder improve to 34-26 on the season. It was the second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history behind George McCloud's six-game streak in 1996. The Kings gave up 44 points in the first quarter, the most points they have allowed in a quarter this season, and trailed 44-21.
The Warriors have struggled against Oklahoma City this season losing both of their previous meetings by a combined 47 points.
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It was the complete opposite for Donovan's club after that.
The Thunder led 85-74 midway through the third before the Kings made another surge.
"We're a team that helps [off the ball]", George said.
Zach Randolph scored 29 points to lead five Kings in double figures.
Instead, the Thunder are 12 games behind the Houston Rockets for first in the West, and if the playoffs started today, they wouldn't even have home-court advantage.
"So most of the credit, kudos goes them, really, rather than us", Adams said. Boy, did Oklahoma City put on a show in the first quarter.
Portis would score just two more points after this proclamation, missing his final four shots from the field after reaching 38 points on a dunk with 4:08 remaining. The Kings nailed 12 3-pointers, a problem for the Thunder in recent games. Mason had been sidelined with a partially torn right facscia.
De'Aaron Fox, the Kings prized rookie, will be the focal point of the offense now that Hill is gone.
Kings: Host the Lakers on Saturday.