Five takeaways from the Thunder's 120-100 win at Sacramento
The Thunder beat the Kings 120-100 at Sacramento Wednesday.
OKC extended its road winning streak to six games, which is tied for the second-longest such streak in Thunder history.
The Thunder led by as many as 29 points. Here are five takeaways from the game:
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Monday marked the Kings’ first home game since the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash Sunday. The team honored them in a video tribute.
It opened with pictures of Kobe and Gianna together, and video clips of each of them on the basketball court, executing the same moves.
It closed with a quote from Kobe Bryant: “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.”
Chris Paul returns
Thunder veteran Chris Paul was away from the team for the Thunder’s loss to the Mavericks Monday, due to personal reasons. He posed a moving tribute to Bryant on Instagram Tuesday, which included pictures of both Kobe and Gianna with Paul’s son, Chris Jr.
Paul displayed his usual craftiness Wednesday. With a minute and a half left in the first quarter, Paul fooled Kent Bazemore with his patented rip move. Paul logged 10 assists and seven rebounds. But he had an inefficient shooting night. Paul shot 3-of-12 from the field and missed a free throw – Paul entered Wednesday shooting 89.8 percent from the free throw line.
Stifling first-quarter defense
The Thunder held the Kings to just 16 points in the first quarter. It was Sacramento’s lowest scoring first quarter of the season.
Neither team shot well in the first quarter, but the Kings shot considerably worse. Sacramento made just six of their 21 field goal attempts and one of their nine 3-point shots. Bogdan Bogdanovic was the only Sacramento player to make multiple field goals in the first quarter. The Thunder took a 23-16 lead at the end of the period.
Schroder heats up
Thunder guard Dennis Schroder drained a 3-pointer with just under a minute left in the second quarter, extending the Thunder’s lead to 16 points. In the final seven minutes of the third quarter, OKC scored 27 points and missed just two shots, including a long shot by Paul at the buzzer.
Schroder accounted for the bulk of the Thunder’s second-quarter scoring. He recorded 10 points and six assists in that period alone.
Dort soars past career high
Rookie two-way player Luguentz Dort entered Wednesday with a career high of 10 points. Against the Kings, he more than doubled that figure. Dort finished the night with 23 points.
Dort became just the fourth rookie in Thunder history to record five 3-pointers in a game, according to the Fox Sports Oklahoma broadcast.
After struggling from the 3-point line to start the season, Dort showed off his consistency on open catch-and-shoot 3s. He missed just one shot from beyond the arc.