By: Morgan Ragan
The short-handed Sacramento Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-92 Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Isaiah Thomas sat for his eighth consecutive game due to a thigh contusion. Rudy Gay and Reggie Evans were also out due to back pain.
Kevin Durant’s streak of 41 consecutive games with 25 points or more officially came to an end after finishing with only 23 points. His streak is the third longest in NBA history.
“I don’t like all the attention when it’s a team game, I’m glad it’s over,” Durant said following the win.
The Kings had a rough time covering the three-point line allowing the Thunder to shoot 54.5 percent. Caron Butler shot 6 for 6 behind the arc scoring 23 points for OKC.
Travis Outlaw started for Sacramento and had nine points in the first quarter, he scored a season high 24 points and had four assists.
“He carried us to start the game, he is a great kid who works hard everyday before and after every practice,” head coach Michael Malone said about Outlaw. “Happy that he was able to come out and play as well as he did.”
The rookies Ray McCallum and Ben McLemore scored a combined 18 points for the Kings, McCallum played 45 minutes and McLemore played 39 minutes.
DeMarcus Cousins helped keep the Kings in the game scoring 24 points and grabbing 14 boards. He had his 50th double-double of the season tying Chris Webber for the most double-doubles in one season in the Sacramento era.
“Chris Webber is one of the best players to come through Sacramento, being mentioned next to him, its an honor,” Cousins said after being told what he had accomplished.
The Kings hit the road and take on the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.
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