OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder reached a couple of milestones with Monday night’s 104-95 win over the Sacramento Kings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. With the victory, the Thunder reached the 60-win mark for the first time, during a regular season, since the franchise moved here from Seattle five years ago. Also the win, coupled with the Lakers surprising 91-86 victory over San Antonio over the weekend, clinches the #1 seed for the Thunder in the NBA’s Western Conference which gives the team the home court advantage through the conference finals.
It was another easy win for an OKC club that’s been stacking ‘em up lately. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 before being ejected with a couple of minutes remaining after picking up his 2nd technical foul of the night. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points while back-up point guard Reggie Jackson threw in 10 as did little-used reserve center Daniel Orton. 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet started for the second straight game for the Thunder in-place of Kendrick Perkins, who was again held out as a precautionary measure due to a slight hamstring injury. Also back-up shooting guard Kevin Martin didn’t play either, nursing some minor nicks and scrapes.
The Thunder will end their regular season with a home game Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7-o’clock downtown. Look for very limited playing time for Durant, Westbrook and the rest of the starters since the playoffs are set to begin this weekend.