Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings 1/25/13: Video Highlights and Recap
The game started out looking real good for the Kings, who jumped out to an early first-quarter lead. But things quickly soured in the second quarter as the Thunder began to take control and never looked back.
Kevin Martin was the catalyst for OKC in the second frame, scoring the Thunder's first nine points to start the quarter. The Thunder would go on to outscore the Kings 59-37 during the second and third quarters, which proved to be the difference in this game.
Sacramento was surprisingly good from long distance, shooting at a 53 percent clip, but were lackluster from the field overall after shooting just under 42 percent on the evening.
The Thunder, on the other hand, were the exact opposite as they were dreadful from beyond the arc, but did shoot just under 49 percent overall.
This was a sloppy game for both teams as the Kings turned the ball over 18 times while the Thunder topped that abysmal total with 20 on the evening.
Oklahoma City had five players in double figures, including four from its starting lineup. Martin provided a huge spark off the bench with 24 points and was matched only by Kevin Durant, who scored 24 as well. Durant also added 11 boards in an impressive double-double effort.
Despite another solid win for the Thunder in this game, turnovers continue to be an issue of late—and that is something that must get turned around if OKC plans on beating the big boys in this league.
Player of the Game: Kevin Martin
You can't ignore the amazing contribution that Martin gave the Thunder off the bench in this game.
When the game was still close in the second quarter with the Thunder trailing, Martin scorched the Kings for the first nine points of the quarter and continued his solid play all evening.
Against his old team, Martin was 4-of-10 from long distance and 9-of-16 overall. He finished with 24 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
What's Next for OKC
The Thunder have been a bit inconsistent of late, so an opponent like the Los Angeles Lakers is just what the doctor ordered. Oklahoma City will travel to Los Angeles in the hopes of recreating the 15-point blowout they handed the Lakers a little over two weeks ago.
What's Next for Sacramento
The Kings have now lost three straight and four of their last five.
Things don't look to be getting any easier for Sacramento as they have three road games in a row, with a matchup against the lowly Washington Wizards squeezed in between two tough games with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics.
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