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March 29, 2014

Hot-shooting Thunder roll through Kings with ease

OKLAHOMA CITY — With less than a month left in the NBA season, most teams know where they will be when the season ends. While squads such as Oklahoma City will be in the hunt for a championship, Sacramento will be home watching.

So when those two teams met, the game went as expected. The Thunder rolled to a 94-81 victory Friday over the Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“We just have to focus on us,” Russell Westbrook said. “Watch the film, see what we did as a unit. Make sure we are doing the right thing, regardless of who we are playing.”

Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field to lead Oklahoma City. He extended his streak to 37 straight games with at least 25 points. He is now three games from tying Michael Jordan’s record of 40.

In the past, Oklahoma City allowed teams to get back into games after it opened big leads. But against the Kings (25-47), the Thunder (53-19) brought out the big bats and never stopped swinging.

Leading 54-38 to start the second half, Oklahoma City went 12-for-16 from the field in the third quarter. That included Westbrook snagging an alley-oop pass from Durant and throwing down a ferocious dunk.

But even more impressive was the Thunder holding the Kings to five field goals in 12 minutes.

The Kings never recovered. Oklahoma City rested its starters the entire fourth quarter.

“Very disappointing how we played in the first and third quarters tonight,” Kings coach Michael Malone said. “We were undermanned. We don’t have a lot of bodies. The guys that are able to play just need to play with more sense of urgency, greater effort.”

Westbrook scored 18 points to go with six assists and five rebounds. Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 11 points. Forward Serge Ibaka racked up eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.

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