With Kevin Durant sitting out with a sprained big toe, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Sacramento Kings for the first time ever in OKC, losing 116-104 on Monday night, January 4, at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder started the game looking like they would blow out the Kings, opening up a 31-14 lead in the first quarter.
The Kings answered with a 17-0 run to tie it, then led most of the rest of the game.
Sacramento outrebounded the Thunder by nine, and scored 13 more points at the free throw line on 16 more attempts.
Serge Ibaka led the Thunder with 25 points and added 7 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 15 assists, but made just 6 of 23 from the field.
Anthony Morrow started in place of Durant and scored 20 points, making three 3-pointers.
Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Demarcus Cousins of Sacramento led all scorers with 33 points and added 19 rebounds.
Durant did not play after suffering a sprained big toe in OKC’s win over Charlotte on Saturday night.
The Kings earned their first win ever in Oklahoma.
They had never beaten the Thunder or even the New Orleans/OKC Hornets in the state, including one game at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
The Thunder fell to 24-11 on the season.
OKC will host Memphis on Wednesday night, January 6, at 8:30 pm.