Bogdanovic, Jackson put up nice numbers, but Kings fall short vs OKC
OKC OUTLASTS KINGS
Someone forgot to tell the Thunder that they had an opponent to play Monday evening at Chesapeake Energy Arena. With playoff positioning on the line, OKC messed around and almost got burned by a winded Sacramento Kings team playing the second night of a back-to-back.
In the end, the big three of Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony put up numbers to come away with the 106-101 victory. The trio combined to score 59 points as the Thunder pulled away late.
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin Jackson led the way for Sacramento and De'Aaron Fox added 11 points and 10 assists, but the Thunder found a way to send the Kings home with another loss.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
George and Anthony scored 21 each and Westbrook dropped in another triple-double as the Thunder’s stars shined brightly.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Bogdanovic shook off a rough three-game stretch to lead the Kings in scoring. The rookie shooting guard hit 6-for-11 from the field on his way to 19 points and added eight rebounds and three assists. The rookie wall is real. Bogdanovic fought through it on Monday.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
The last half of the season is supposed to focus on the Kings’ young players. Jackson has struggled to make an impact as of late, but he played well against the Thunder, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
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Sacramento hung around until the final few minutes of the game, but the Thunder kept pushing. In the end, tired legs prevailed as the Kings dropped to 21-47 on the season.
Skal Labissiere missed his second straight game with a bruised left hip that he suffered Friday against the Magic. Iman Shumpert continues to miss games due to plantar fasciitis and Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings return home following the game where they’ll host the Miami Heat on Wednesday. They head back out on the road for another set of back-to-backs starting Friday in Oakland against the Warriors.