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A Royal Win: Thunder Tops Kings For Third Straight Win

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The Oklahoma City Thunder played their 41st game of the season Sunday night, the exact mid-point of the season. It was the 13th straight game the Thunder had played without point guard Russell Westbrook, but it looks like the team is finally learning to play without him.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points and added nine assists to lead the Thunder to its third straight win, 108-93 over Sacramento at The Peake.

It was the seventh straight game of 30 or more points for Durant, who was incredibly efficient against the Kings, knocking down 10-of-15 shots from the field.

Serge Ibaka was equally efficient from the field for OKC, knocking down 9-of-13 shots for 20 points, his third straight game scoring at least 20 points. It's the first time Ibaka has accomplished that feat in his career.

Oklahoma City was able to overcome a career-high 38 points from Sacramento point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas lit up Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson in the first half for 27 points, but was kept in check more in the second half by the Thunder defense.

Jackson had a poor showing from the floor, hitting just 4-of-16 shots, but finished with 16 points, 11 of those coming in the second half.

Thabo Sefolosha, Jeremy Lamb and Nick Collison each had 10 points. It was the first double-digit scoring game for Collison this season.

Demarcus Cousins had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, while Jason Thompson had 11.

The Thunder were very active on the defensive end for the second straight game, as they racked up 13 steals and forced 20 Sacramento turnovers. OKC turned those turnovers into 34 points while Sacramento had just 11 points off 16 OKC turnovers.

Oklahoma City is back in action on Tuesday night when they take on Portland at The Peake. The Thunder has already lost twice to Portland this year, so Tuesday's matchup will be huge, as OKC currently trails Portland by half a game for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

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