Thursday, February 09, 2012
2012 Kings versus Thunder
Larkin and I went to a very entertaining NBA game: the Sacramento Kings versus the Oklahoma Thunder. The Kings ran out to an 11 to 2 lead at the beginning of the game, led 57 to 55 at half-time and outscored the Thunder 19 to 6 in the final five minutes. Making their free throws down the stretch, The Kings won the game by the score of 106 to 101.
Tyreke Evans was the leading scorer for the Kings with 22 points on 8 for 21 from the field, 0 for 3 from three point range and 6 for 8 from the free throw line. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points on 7 for 17 from the field and 5 for 6 from the free throw line. Cousins had 9 rebounds.
Russel Westbrook had 33 points for the Thunder on 15 for 26 from the field, 1 for 2 from three point range and 2 for 3 from the free throw line. Kevin Durant contributed 27 points on 9 for 19 from the field, 2 for 5 from three point range and 7 for 9 from the free throw line. Durant's shot looks very smooth. I honestly don't remember him missing 10 shots as I think back on the game. Serge Ibaka fouled out in the last minute, but had 10 blocks for the Thunder.
The Thunder hurt themselves. They had 23 turn-overs and only 13 assists. The Kings had 12 turn-overs and 21 assists. I was impressed with how well the Kings were moving the ball.
Jimmer Fredette played 16 minutes. Focusing on him when he was in the game, I am still not convinced that he is a NBA player. I will have a longer post with some additional thoughts in the next couple of weeks.
With a sell-out crowd of 17,134 mostly dressed in black, it was a very cool atmosphere. The Kings gave everyone glow sticks and black towels. Larkin and I were in seats 1 and 2 in section 102, row U. We ran into a number of people at the game, including Hunter, Snipes, Robbie, Danny and Norma Udell.
The Kings now have 2 wins and 0 losses in games that I have seen in the 2011-2012 season.
As I said, it was a very entertaining game!