By Michael Wagaman | AP By Michael Wagaman | AP November Eight at 1:53 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zach Randolph chuckled on the thought that he’s too previous to nonetheless log main minutes within the NBA. The veteran large man has a unique perspective on his sport.
“I’m in my prime,” Randolph mentioned with a large grin.
Looked fairly good Tuesday evening.
Randolph scored every of his 18 of his factors within the second half, Buddy Hield had 21 factors and the Sacramento Kings rallied for a 94-86 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Just kept battling,” Randolph mentioned. “We have to stick with it. It’s a long season. Anything can happen. We have a good team. We can compete with anybody. It’s a confidence thing and a believing thing.”
Sacramento stopped a seven-game dropping streak with its first win since Oct. 20. The Kings (2-Eight) have been restricted to 10 factors within the first quarter and trailed by as many as 17, however they stormed again to take the lead going into halftime and by no means trailed within the second half.
The 36-year-old Randolph was Eight for 15 from the sector and likewise contributed eight rebounds. The Kings signed him within the offseason primarily to fill a mentor function on a crew crammed with younger gamers.
“He’s like a pillar for us,” teammate Justin Jackson mentioned. “Just having him on the court, everybody has to pay attention to him. Whenever they start doing that, that frees us up a little bit more.”
Russell Westbrook had 20 factors, 12 rebounds and 6 badists for Oklahoma City, which has dropped three in a row. The Thunder shot 33.7 % (29 for 86) from the sector, dedicated three shot clock violations within the third quarter alone and completed with 17 turnovers.
Carmelo Anthony added 16 factors and 7 rebounds in his first sport since he was ejected in Oklahoma City’s 103-99 loss at Portland on Sunday.
“At times we had some possessions that were not great but I also thought we had a lot of really good looks at times that didn’t go down,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan mentioned. “We just didn’t make enough shots or play well enough on offense.”
This one will sting the Thunder for some time.
Oklahoma City led 25-Eight late within the first quarter and appeared headed for a lopsided win earlier than Sacramento rapidly erased the deficit and went in entrance for good.
“It starts with me” Westbrook mentioned. “Part of my job is to do that and make sure my guys are ready to play. I take ownership in that. It’s part of my job to get us back on a roll.”
Randolph was held scoreless within the first half however scored 12 within the third and 6 within the fourth, together with a layup that made it 89-83 with 1:18 remaining.
Westbrook’s Three-pointer trimmed the hole to 89-86 however Sacramento made three free throws and Jackson added an emphatic dunk with one second left.
Jackson had 16 factors for the Kings, and De’Aaron Fox completed with 10 factors and eight badists.
Steven Adams scored 14 factors for Oklahoma City, and Paul George had 12.
WHAT A RELIEF
With the beginning 5 struggling, Sacramento’s reserves scored the crew’s first 29 factors — an NBA document, based on Elias Sports Bureau. The earlier document was 23 set by Milwaukee towards Orlando on April 5, 2011.
“We beat a good team with good players, good coaching and a great front office and everybody had a part in it,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger mentioned. “I’d love to give a bunch of ‘Atta boys’ out but that was a total team effort.”
Thunder: Westbrook badisted on Oklahoma City’s first 4 baskets, together with three to Adams, however didn’t get one other till early within the fourth quarter. The six-time All-Star additionally was referred to as for a Flagrant 1 penalty within the third quarter after hitting Bogdan Bogdanovic within the face along with his left hand whereas trying a shot. … Anthony was referred to as for a technical foul within the fourth.
Kings: Sacramento missed its first 11 pictures.
Thunder: Plays on the highway for the sixth time in seven video games Thursday at Denver.
Kings: Hosts Philadelphia on Thursday. The two groups cut up two video games final season, every profitable at residence.
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