DEMARCUS Cousins and Rudy Gay waxed hot after halftime to lead the Sacramento Kings in pulling away with a victory over the slumping Oklahoma City Thunder, 116-101, at the Golden 1 Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Leading by just three points at the break, the Kings turned up the heat in the third quarter to outscore the Thunder, 36-27, and never looked back after leading 87-65 after three periods. Cousins had 13 in the third while Gay scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half.
Sacramento also found ample support from Darren Collison and the Kings bench. Collison finished with 21 points, while Kosta Koufos added nine markers and 10 rebounds to help win their second straight game and improve to 6-9.
Russell Westbrook almost had another triple-double with 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists but the Thunder suffered their third straight defeat, seventh in nine games, to fall to 8-8 after a 6-1 start. Victor Oladipo added 18, including three triples.