Originally Published: Oct 28, 2009 9:51 PM CDT
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder started fast in their season opener and did not look back on the way to a 102-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Thunder (1-0) were successful both on offense and defense. Three different players – Jeff Green, Kevin Durant and Nenad Krstic – scored more than 20 points, and Durant led the team with 25 points.
Russell Westbrook added 14 points and had a career-high 13 assists. He finished just three rebounds shy of a triple-double, and didn’t commit any turnovers in the second half.
Oklahoma City also played passionate defense, holding Sacramento (0-1) to 40 percent shooting, and less than 19 percent shooting from behind the arc. The Thunder also out-rebounded the Kings 42-36.
The Thunder scored on 14 of their first 16 possessions, and went the first 10 minutes of the game without committing a turnover. They led 39-22 after the first quarter, with the duo of Kevin Durant and Nenad Krstic – who combined to score 21 points – nearly outscoring the Kings by themselves.
The Thunder’s 39 points in the first quarter matches the most points they scored in any quarter last season. The team’s offensive output decreased gradually through the rest of the game, but the Kings did not possess a lead during the entire game and were only able to outscore the Thunder in one quarter.
Sacramento finished the first half with only one player – Kevin Martin – scoring more than 10 points. He scored 24, but OKC held him to just three points in the second half. He was the only Kings player to finish with more than 20 points.
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