Kevin Durant scores 29, Thunder beat Kings

Kevin Durant scored 29 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings, 94-81. This is the seventh win for Oklahoma City (53-19) in its last 10 games.

Durant finished 9-11 from the field (3-4 on 3-pointers) and 8-8 from the free throw line, in what was an efficient performance. Russell Westbrook also chipped in for Oklahoma City, finishing with 18 points and 6 assists. Despite the loss, Ben McLemore put up 18 points for Sacramento on 5-16 shooting (3-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line.

The Kings had an eFG% of just 41.8% coupled with a low FTA rate of 18.8. This season, they are winless (0-3) when they fall below 45% and 20.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Thunder are undefeated (4-0) when forcing their opponents below those thresholds.

Sacramento (25-47) has now dropped three in a row versus Oklahoma City.

Coming up next, the Thunder play the Utah Jazz, who are 23-50 on the year. The Kings meet the Dallas Mavericks, currently 43-30 this season. The Kings are 1-1 versus Dallas this season.