Behind a strong second-quarter defensive effort and Kevin Durant's 31 points and five rebounds, the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to hold off the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, 113-103, for their 10th straight win.
The Thunder (19-4) now get the entire weekend off after storming out to a 19-point halftime lead that was built mostly during the second quarter, when the Kings scored just 16 points to the Thunder's 32. After the teams went back and forth in a tightly contested first quarter, Durant, who scored 10 in the quarter, and guard Kevin Martin, who scored eight in the frame, helped the Thunder pull away.
The 19-point halftime spread was enough to hold off a charge from the Kings for most of the night. But Sacramento, led by Isaiah Thomas, who scored 23 points in the fourth quarter alone, pushed late in the fourth quarter to shrink Oklahoma City's lead to as little as five points.
Sacramento's Tyreke Evans' 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins' 10 points and seven rebounds also helped the effort down the stretch. But it was too little, too late, as Russell Westbrook's double-double of 13 points and 13 assists and Serge Ibaka's two late buckets on his way to 18 points helped the Thunder survive the comeback attempt.