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Isaiah Thomas' fourth-quarter scoring not enough to lead Kings back for a win, lose 113-103 at OKC
Thunder 113, Kings 103
OKLAHOMA CITY – Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings cut a 24-point deficit to five with 3:21 to play, but it was too much for the Kings to overcome.
After a third quarter that featured the starters’ inability to run the offense, share the ball and take quality shots, Kings coach Keith Smart used back ups most of the fourth quarter.
Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, James Johnson and Thomas Ronbison played most of the fourth quarter and forced the Thunder to bring back three starters to close the game.
Thomas finished with 26 points. His fourth-quarter total was just short of the Sacramento-era record for most in a quarter by a Kings. Mitch Richmond had 25 points in a quarter Dec. 15, 1995 at Houston.
Tyreke Evans had 21 points for the Kings (7-15), who have now lost three in a row after a three-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 31 points. Russell Westbrook had 13 points and 13 assists for the Thunder (19-4).