By George Devine, Sr.
The Kings found out tonight how much DeMarcus Cousins has meant to their offense, by going without him against Oklahoma City. Cousins, who sprained his ankle in a game against the Warriors two days earlier, watched as the Thunder eclipsed Sacramento, 97-95.
Isaiah Thomas took the leadership role for the home team, scoring 24 points; 21 of them were in the final period and it looked as though the Kings would come through, but it was not to be. At one point late in the game, between the third and fourth periods, the Thunder went on an 18-0 run. The Kings were scoreless for the last three minutes of the game; Thomas could not make the final shot to neutralize the visitors’ advantage, and was outscored by OKC’s Kevin Durant, who had 27 points and also contributed 11 boards. Also leading for Oklahoma City were Russell Westbrook with 15 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds, Jeremy Lamb with 14 points and both Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka with a baker’s dozen apiece. Ibaka also accounted for 9 rebounds.
For Sacramento, Ben McLemore tallied 14, followed by Derrick Williams with 13, Greivis Vasquez with a dozen and Jason Thompson with 10; Thompson also had 10 boards.