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Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
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Sabonis gets 15th triple-double with Sacramento, Kings beat Thunder in the In-Season Tournament

Domantas Sabonis leads Kings to victory with 15th career triple-double

Kevin Huerter scored 19 of his season-high 28 points in the first half and grabbed nine rebounds to help Sacramento win its second consecutive game without point guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox has missed five games overall with a right ankle sprain. Keegan Murray added 24 points.

“I keep telling our team we can be a great team,” Kings coach Mike Brown said. “It doesn’t matter what five we throw out there, (if) we play the right way good things will happen.”

Sabonis had his first triple-double of the season and 15th with the Kings, breaking a tie with Chris Webber for most in the Sacramento era. Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson holds the franchise record with 176. Sabonis, who was acquired from the Indiana Pacers in a trade on Feb. 8, 2022, has 33 career triple-doubles.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points for the Thunder.

“In the first quarter (we) spotted them a pretty good lead on controllable stuff defensively,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “It took us a long time to get our game plan in the game with the level of urgency that we need to have.”

The court at Golden 1 Center was changed, as all courts around the NBA have been, as part of the tournament.

“Luckily ours was gray,” Huerter said. “You’ve seen these courts bright red, bright green, bright blue. There was definitely a little bit different energy in the building. It was fun.”

The Kings (4-4) blew two big leads in the first three quarters, then opened the fourth with three consecutive 3-pointers to pull away. They also shot 41.8% (38 of 91) from the floor and were 13 of 47 beyond the arc.

“That’s a loss for us last year.” Brown said. “I know we can shoot the ball. I’m going to continue pressing our guys on the defensive end of the floor. And we had a lot of guys step up on that end.”

Sacramento led the entire game and outrebounded Oklahoma City 51-38 for its seventh consecutive win over the Thunder (5-4).

Huerter, whose has struggled shooting in his second season with the Kings, made eight of his first 13 shots, including three 3-pointers in the first half.

After blowing most of a 17-point lead in the second quarter, the Kings closed the first half on a 6-0 run capped by Huerter’s driving layup and went up 53-42.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Play the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday.

Kings: Host former head coach Luke Walton and the Cavaliers on Monday. Now an assistant with Cleveland, Walton coached the Kings from 2019-21.

Regular Season Series

SAC leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Kings: 46.5%
Thunder: 53.5%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 98 - 105
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 98 - 105
4th 0.0 Domantas Sabonis offensive rebound 98 - 105
4th 0.0 Harrison Barnes misses 24-foot three point jumper 98 - 105
4th 15.0 Harrison Barnes offensive rebound 98 - 105

Statistics

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39-87 FG 38-91
44.8 Field Goal % 41.8
7-30 3PT 13-47
23.3 Three Point % 27.7
13-16 FT 16-21
81.3 Free Throw % 76.2
38 Rebounds 52
5 Offensive Rebounds 16
33 Defensive Rebounds 36
22 Assists 28
9 Steals 10
5 Blocks 9
16 Turnovers 17
0 Team Turnovers 1
16 Total Turnovers 18
0 Technical Fouls 0
0 Total Technical Fouls 0
1 Flagrant Fouls 0
23 Points Off Turnovers 20
11 Fast Break Points 13
58 Points in Paint 46
15 Fouls 22
0 Largest Lead 17

Game Information

Golden 1 Center

Location: Sacramento, CA
Attendance: 18,097 · Capacity:

2023-24 Northwest Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Minnesota 39 16 .709 - W4
Oklahoma City 37 17 .685 1.5 W2
Denver 36 19 .655 3 L3
Utah 26 30 .464 13.5 L4
Portland 15 39 .278 23.5 L6

2023-24 Pacific Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
LA Clippers - 17 W1 0.6792453 36
Phoenix 4 22 W2 0.6 33
Sacramento 5.5 23 W1 0.5740741 31
LA Lakers 7.5 26 W3 0.53571427 30
Golden State 9 26 W1 0.509434 27
Full Standings

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