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    Kings overcome sluggish start to rally past slumping Thunder and halt seven-game slide

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    Nov 8, 2017
    Kousta Koufos and the Kings added to the struggles of the slumping Thunder. AP

    THE Sacramento Kings overcame a sizzling start from the Oklahoma City Thunder and held off a late rally to end a seven-game slide with a 94-86 win on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time)

    The Thunder started strong, leading by as much as 17 in the first quarter, before the Kings bounced back with in the second period, outscoring OKC by 16 to take a 42-41 lead at the half.

    Sacramento cruised in the third, building a 12-point edge, before Russell Westbrook and Paul George capped a 19-10 fourth quarter start to get as close as one, 77-76.

    But Buddy Hield and Randolph took charge in a 10-4 counter, before the burly Kings forward kept the Thunder at bay with clutch hits down the stretch.

    Westbrook, though, sparked a last-gasp rally, bringing OKC down three, 89-86, with 16 seconds left. But after George Hill split his charities, George continued a cold shooting night for the Thunder stars with a missed triple as the Kings dealt the Thunder their third straight loss.

    Hield led all scorers with 21 points off the bench, while Randolph added 18 markers to lift the Kings to 2-8.

    Westbrook had 20 points and 12 assists for the slumping Thunder (4-6), while Carmelo Anthony chipped in 16 and George added 12. The three OKC stars, though, combined for just 15-of-54 from the field. 

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    Kousta Koufos and the Kings added to the struggles of the slumping Thunder. AP
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