|Date of game: 1/7/2015
Recap: Sacramento vs. Oklahoma City
Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay had 28 points and nine rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' 104-83 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Darren Collison made a career-high five 3-pointers en route to 24 points for the Kings, who snapped a 12-game losing streak against Oklahoma City. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 23 points and 15 rebounds.
"I thought tonight was the first night in a long time where we really committed on the defensive end," Collison said. "I don't know if it was the stage of the game playing a team like OKC, but I thought our urgency was really high tonight."
Kevin Durant ended with 24 points and nine boards for the Thunder, who have dropped two straight. Reggie Jackson had 14 points and Serge Ibaka tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks.
Dion Waiters scored four points on 1-of-9 shooting in his debut with Oklahoma City, which acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal on Monday in exchange for a first-round pick. The Thunder dealt Lance Thomas to the New York Knicks as part of the trade.
Ahead 11-7 midway through the first quarter, the Kings created some distance with a 14-0 run. Cousins scored the final nine points of the surge to make it 25-7.
"We found the good shots but couldn't hit them tonight," Durant said. "When you get down 25-7 that's when you start to rush and turn the ball over. So we have to go back to the drawing board and get our next one."
The Thunder responded with nine straight points, but trailed 28-16 heading to the second.
Sacramento led by as many as 16 in the second and took a 53-43 edge into the locker room.
The Kings put the game out of reach with a 17-7 run to start the third quarter. Collison recorded eight points during the burst that Cousins capped with a layup for a 70-50 advantage. It was 78-57 heading to the fourth.Game Notes
The Kings started a six-game homestand ... Cousins got his fourth technical of
the season late in the first quarter arguing a no-call ... Oklahoma City
turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 26 Sacramento points.