The Sacramento Kings made good use of their one nationally televised appearance of the 2011-12 NBA season, rallying to take down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106-101, in Sacramento on Thursday night.
Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 22 points and had five assists, and got help from DeMarcus Cousins, who scored 19 points and snagged nine rebounds. Marcus Thornton had 15 points in the game, but figured prominently in the Kings' late rally to take the lead for good, hitting two consecutive threes.
The Kings forced 23 Oklahoma City turnovers, including six by Russell Westbrook, and took 99 shots to the Thunder's 77. Westbrook had 33 points to lead all scorers, and Kevin Durant added 27 points and eight rebounds, but Serge Ibaka, who had 10 blocks on the night, fouled out late, gutting the Thunder's defense.