Russell Westbrook (19 points, 10 assists and eleven boards) and Kevin Durant (20 points, including a poster dunk over Kosta Koufos) led the OKC Thunder to a 98-95 win Sunday night over the visiting Sacramento Kings.
Durant hit the go-ahead jumper with 23 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, and sealed matters with a pair of freebies with 4 seconds remaining.
Per the AP:
Russell Westbrook had his third triple-double of the season with 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds and the Thunder won their fourth straight home game. Since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City, it is 14-0 against Sacramento in Chesapeake Energy Arena and 23-4 overall.
Oklahoma City trailed 95-94 before Durant buried a 15-footer. At the other end, the Thunder’s Steven Adams forced Rudy Gay into a turnover with 5.3 seconds left. Durant followed with his free throws to put Oklahoma City up by three, and Marco Belinelli air-balled a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for Sacramento. […] “That’s what your best player does,” Westbrook said of Durant hitting the key shot. “He’s not going to play perfect every night, but you can see he closed the game for us and did a good job defensively.”
Durant said he knows he’s expected to take the big shot. […] “I’ve been trusted my whole career, taking those shots,” he said. “I’ve failed plenty and plenty of times I’ve made shots as well. I just try to stay focused and stay disciplined in what I do and they went down for me.”