Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/13/12
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant had 29 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 22 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 115-89 on Friday night in the first of three meetings between the teams in a 12-day span.. Kendrick Perkins added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season as the Thunder (43-16) didn't even need their starters in the fourth quarter to hang onto the best record in the Western Conference. Rookie Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who dropped their seventh straight for their longest losing streak of the season. Earlier in the day, a tentative deal to build a new arena and keep the Kings in Sacramento fell apart, leaving the future of the club beyond next season uncertain once again. Westbrook had a one-handed, alley-oop dunk that was the highlight of an 18-2 run just before halftime that put the Thunder in control. Westbrook had to reach back with his right hand to corral Durant's lob but was still able to power it down for an electrifying dunk that brought the sellout crowd to its feet. Westbrook then followed Thabo Sefolosha's 3-pointer with a driving layup, and Serge Ibaka's two free throws made it 56-37 with 40 seconds to go before halftime. The Kings were never closer than 16 in the second half, falling behind by 23 at the end of the third quarter and by as many as 32 in the fourth. Tyreke Evans, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, had a career-worst two points in only 13 minutes. He headed to the bench after picking up two fouls in the first 3 12 minutes, then also got a quick hook in the second half even though his foul situation didn't get any worse. Evans had scored 22 points to lead the Kings to a 106-101 win over Oklahoma City in the teams' first meeting this season in early February. The Thunder, who had lost four of their previous six games, had no such trouble this time. Oklahoma City moved one game ahead of second-place San Antonio (41-16) in the West but remains tied in the loss column. The Spurs would get the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record. In the race for the league's best record, the Thunder trail Chicago (45-14) by two games with seven to play. Oklahoma City starts a five-game road trip -- matching its longest of the season -- on Saturday night at Minnesota. NOTES: Sacramento starting power forward Jason Thompson was shaken up early in the second half when Westbrook zipped a pass off his face. He came out of the game afterward but returned midway through the fourth quarter. ... Kings reserve Francisco Garcia missed his fourth straight game after sustaining a concussion April 7 against the Clippers. Coach Keith Smart said Garcia should be back next week. ... Durant, who came into the game fifth in the league with 3.6 turnovers per game, committed seven of Oklahoma City's 14 and surpassed Westbrook for the team lead.
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