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    Lu Dort caps comeback with layup off steal as Thunder nip Kings

    Nov 13, 2021
    Lu Dort scores 22 on 9 of 18 shooting.

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Lu Dort stole the ball from De'Aaron Fox, then drove and made a layup with 1.7 seconds left to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 105-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night (Saturday, Manial time).

    Sacramento's Buddy Hield, the former University of Oklahoma star, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it for the Kings.

    The Thunder overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half to win their fourth straight game.

    Dort and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 22 points and Darius Bazley added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder.

    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Richaun Holmes added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. They have lost four straight.

    Sacramento led 62-48 at halftime as Holmes had 10 points and 11 rebounds on 5-for-5 shooting. The Kings held the Thunder to 35.8% shooting before the break.

    Chimezie Metu's 3-pointer rattled in to put the Kings up 77-63 about five minutes into the third quarter. The Thunder trailed by 18 with 5:20 left in the period before cutting their deficit to nine heading into the fourth.

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    Oklahoma City tied it at 90 on a layup by Bazley, and a 3-pointer by rookie Tre Mann gave the Thunder their first lead of the night at 93-92.

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      Kings: Holmes had eight rebounds in seven minutes in the first quarter. ... Tyrese Haliburton hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in the first quarter to give Sacramento a 23-16 lead.

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      Thunder: Missed their first six shots. Every player in the starting lineup missed at least once before Oklahoma City finally scored with 8:38 left in the first quarter. ... The Thunder wore white and gray uniforms and had an alternate court with gray sidelines and baselines.

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