Kings host OKC looking to avoid another home loss


Kings host OKC looking to avoid another home loss

Feb. 12, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY (33-18) vs.KINGS (12-37)
Coverage starts at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder losing at home to a team far below them in the standings, coach Scott Brooks was not unhappy with his club's most recent effort.He surely won't be nearly as understanding if they lose Saturday night.The Northwest Division-leading Thunder look to bounce back against the team with the fewest wins in the Western Conference as they try to beat the Sacramento Kings for the fourth straight time.Coming off victories at Phoenix and Utah, Oklahoma City (33-18) had its three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, 105-101 in overtime to a Memphis team which stands ninth in the West. The Thunder committed a season-high 23 turnovers and lost for the first time in six overtime games this season."I'm not ashamed of our guys' effort. ... We just lost a tough game," Brooks said. "Sometimes you've just got to regroup and figure out ways you could have won the game, and we will and try to learn from it and get ready for the next game."Brooks will be much more disappointed if the Thunder don't win a fourth consecutive road game Saturday, considering they will be visiting Sacramento (12-37).The Kings have lost four straight - all at Arco Arena - and have the West's worst home record at 7-21.Sacramento blew a fourth-quarter lead for the 18th time this season in a 102-100 loss to Dallas on Wednesday. It was the third time the Kings have lost by five points or fewer on a six-game homestand that ends Saturday."Whatever problems we've had closing games, that was not evident tonight," coach Paul Westphal said. " ... We did everything that you need to do to win a game and came up short against a great team that did a little bit more to win the game. I'm very proud of these guys."Westphal couldn't have felt that way following the Kings' only meeting this season with the Thunder, a 102-87 road loss Dec. 17 when his team was outscored by 10 in the fourth quarter.The Kings, who visit Oklahoma City on Tuesday as part of a season-high, seven-game road trip, have lost six of seven overall in this series.League scoring leader Kevin Durant has averaged 32.0 points against them since the start of the 2008-09 season, his third-highest average versus any opponent in that span.Durant had 31 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday for his fifth consecutive double-double, while Russell Westbrook posted his third straight with 21 points and 11 assists but had a season-worst eight turnovers.Kings leading scorer Tyreke Evans was an assist shy of his second career triple-double Wednesday with 16 points and 10 rebounds.The second-year guard had a team-high 22 points in the Dec. 17 loss while Kings rookie center DeMarcus Cousins scored 19 with a career-best 16 boards. Cousins is averaging 20.5 points - 6.6 more than his season average - and 11.2 rebounds over the last six.

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers


OAKLAND – As the Warriors on Monday night celebrated their 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, All-Star guard Klay Thompson gave 19,596 fans an evening they’ll never forget.

Thompson scored 60 points, a career-high for him and the most any player has scored in the NBA this season, to carry the Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson scored 17 points in the opening period, 23 in the second – for 40, representing a career-high for points in a half – and closed out his night with 20 in the third quarter.

So hot was Thompson that only no other teammate exceeded 20 points. Kevin Durant totaled 20, Stephen Curry had 13 and Ian Clark finished with 11.

Curry posted a season-high 11 assists, and Draymond Green recorded 10 as the Warriors were credited with 45 helpers overall.

With a 116-83 lead after three quarters, Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to his reserves for the entire fourth quarter.

Thompson, who took possession in the first half and locked it up in third quarter.

Thompson’s line: 60 points (21-of-33 from the field, 8-of-14 from deep, 10-of-11 from the free throw line). He played 29 minutes and finished plus-37 for the night.

When a Monta Ellis layup pulled the Pacers within seven (46-39) with 8:14 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run to go up 70-42 with 2:34 remaining in the half.

They went into intermission with an 80-50 lead, and Indiana got no closer than xx for the rest of the game.

The Warriors trailed for all of 12 seconds (in the first five minutes) in the game.

Warriors: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Pacers: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Rookie C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

The Warriors travel to Los Angeles, where on Wednesday night they face the Clippers at Staples Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson needed only three quarters to fire in 60 points Monday night against, achieving not only a career-high but also the highest-scoring performance in the NBA this season.

Thompson’s effort eclipsed the previous season-high of 51 by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who needed overtime on Oct. 28 to reach that total.

Thompson joined Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Warriors every to reach the 60-point level in a single game.

Thompson managed the feat in only 29 minutes, during which he was 21-of-33 from the field, including 8-of-14 from 3-point distance. He was 10-of-11 from the line.

Scoring 17 points in the first quarter, 23 in the second and 20 in the third, Thompson became the first Warrior to reach 60 since Rick Barry on March 26, 1974 against Portland.

During the past 20 years only former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, with 62, scored more points in three quarters.