All good things must come to an end, that's how the saying goes, right? Sacramento picked up their first ever win at Chesapeake Energy Arena by doing what Oklahoma City does best -- score.
The Kings raced by the Suns last Saturday night by scoring 83 points in the second half. On Monday night, Sacramento shook off an early 17-point Thunder lead en route to a 116-104 victory over the Thunder. No question about it, when the Kings are on they can score with anybody. Sure their team maybe labeled dysfunctional by some, but DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay give them a strong nucleus to work with and George Karl knows how to win some games. I hear Monday's night's win moved him into 5th place all-time in NBA Coaching wins. Well Done, Coach Karl!
OKC picked up season high's from Serge Ibaka (25 pts) and Anthony Morrow (20 pts), while Russell Westbrook struggled in the shooting department, but very impressive handing out 15 assists. OKC's bench took a hit with Morrow moving up in Durant's absence. Monday was a perfect time for Dion Waiters to snap out of his slump on offense and for Enes Kanter to continue his climb up, but neither did well. I still like Dion on the defensive end, but his offense is too hit or miss, Kanter and Waiters combined for two field goals on Monday night.
Kyle Singler picked up more playing time, even Mitch McGary played two early minutes in the game. Has anyone seen D.J. Augustin? Cameron Payne has taken over his spot and Cam may never give it back. The rookie out of Murray State scored all 11 of his points Monday night in the fourth quarter.
Kevin is listed day-to-day with his sprained toe, after Monday's performance let's hope for a quick recovery. I highly doubt Russ will have another rough shooting night when Memphis comes to town on Wednesday, but the shots will not be easier to come by.
No KD, some winning momentum after thumping Phoenix and some confidence knowing they almost beat the Thunder the last time they played earlier in the season, I guess that all adds up for a perfect setup to finally get that elusive win in Oklahoma City.