January 15, 2017, 8:58 pm
The Sacramento Kings dropped their second straight game Tuesday night, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-118. The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook, who recorded his 2oth triple-double of the season. A strong fourth quarter that saw Sacramento outscore Oklahoma City 39-34 put Sacramento back in the game, but they came up just short in the end.
Despite jumping out to a small early lead, the Sacramento Kings were plagued by another slow start, going down by as much as 17 in the first half. Some poor shooting and difficulty with turnovers ultimately proved to be too much to overcome.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- DeMarcus Cousins continued his recent stretch of strong passing, recording seven assists in the game. Cousins’ six turnovers were a concern, but considering the load that he carries offensively, the turnovers are bound to happen from time to time. Cousins has shown some major improvements as a passer this season, and that should be a great sign for the team moving forward.
- The Kings ended up with 22 turnovers in the game, and their carelessness with the ball played a big factor in the team’s loss. Sacramento hasn’t had too many issues with turnovers this season, but this will still be something to watch moving forward.
The Kings are now 1-5 on their current home stand, and will need a win in their next game to try and get the team headed in the right direction again. The final game of the home stand will be Wednesday night, when the Kings host the Indiana Pacers.