Kevin Durant had what might have been one of his worst games as a pro. “I was terrible,” he told sideline reporter Lesley McCaslin before she even had a chance to finish her question. If your best player’s definition of “terrible” is 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and the game-winning shot, well…it could be worse.
10 turnovers certainly falls under the “terrible” category for Durant, but Oklahoma City held on to negate Sacramento’s comeback, 98-95. KD proved once again that he deserves to have the ball in his hand come crunch time.
“That’s what your best player does,” said Russell Westbrook on the topic of KD’s game winner. “He’s not going to play perfect every night, but you can see he closed the game for us and did a good job defensively.”
Westbrook recorded his third triple-double of the season with 19 points, 10 assists, and 11 boards. He shot an efficient 7-13 despite elite perimeter defender Rajon Rondo’s efforts.
For the Kings, Rudy Gay led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds. All-star DeMarcus Cousins struggled throughout the entire game. Steven Adams. Serge Ibaka, and Enes Kanter pounded the big man near the basket, physically contesting each shot. Cousins ended up shooting 5 of 20.
The Thunder win their fourth straight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, improving to 12-8. The struggling Kings fall to 7-15. Next up for the Thunder: visiting the 12-9 Grizzlies in Memphis, Tuesday at 7 p.m.