November 23, 2016, 11:08 pm
The Sacramento Kings got a dominant win at home Wednesday night, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-101. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 36 points.
Sacramento is starting to show what they’re capable of, and appear to be figuring out rotations that work for the team. Darren Collison started the game at point guard, moving Ty Lawson to the bench, and the change in roles appear to be best for the team moving forward. The Thunder struggled to stop the Kings and struggled to get much offense outside of Russell Westbrook.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Ty Lawson appears to be a decent fit with the bench unit, and is likely a better fit there than with the starters. Lawson can be a very effective change-of-pace point guard for the team, but is not as effective as Darren Collison overall.
- Rudy Gay was relatively quiet during the first half, failing to score and taking just two shots, but he exploded for 17 points in the second half, and really helped the team pull away late. Gay has struggled during the home stand, so the team should be excited to see him get going.
- Garrett Temple had a great showing defensively, building on an already strong season for him on that end of the floor. Temple appears to be heading for a larger role moving forward.
The victory moves Sacramento to .500 at home this season, and was one of their strongest wins of the season. Oklahoma City can be a dangerous team, so the Kings should be very happy with the final result. Sacramento will now turn their attention the the Houston Rockets, who come in to Sacramento for the final game of the home stand on Friday night.