The Thunder ended up having their hands full with the now 4-12 Kings in Sacramento last night. Oklahoma City had to hold on to grab a 97-95 win.
The Thunder trailed much of the first half then seemed to get things under control with an 18-0 run in the second half.
That probably should have put the Kings away, but the Thunder relaxed a bit and the Kings just kept playing and got the game back to within a bucket.
That's when Russell Westbrook bowed up against Kings backup point guard Isaiah Thomas and forced him to miss a shotat the buzzer to preserve the victory.
Thomas scored 21 of Sacramento's 30 fourth quarter points, but he couldn't get past Westbrook's defense last night.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Westbrook had 15 and seven assists. Jeremy Lamb is really coming through now, he had 14 points last night and both Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson finished with 13 points.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks hates it any time his guys give up a 30 point quarter but that sort of thing can be potentially disastrous in the fourth quarter.
But a win is a win and this one extended the Thunder winning streak to eight straight games and brought the locals record up to 13-3, setting up an early season showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nobody really saw this one coming. The Blazers were supposed to be improved a but but not much. They figured to maybe be in the chase for a low level playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Now though Portland is off to one of the best starts in the NBA sitting at 15-3 and leading the Thunder by a game in the Northwest Division, a place the Thunder has ruled the last three seasons.
Now it's looking like the Blazers may have something and so OKC may have some stout competition in a division that at the beginning of the season they figured to win by maybe 10 games or so.
Taking early season successes (or struggles for that matter) and figuring that trend will continue the entire season can be a dangerous thing. But Portland is coming off a win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday and that shows they're not exactly a fluke.
A win over the Thunder would go a long ways toward proving the Blazers may very well be a legitimate threat in the Northwest Division and in the Western Conference.
Tipoff is set for tonight at 9 o'clock Oklahoma time and can be seen on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
After the Blazers game the Thunder will fly to New Orleans for a Friday night game with the Pelicans before coming back to OKC for a Sunday showdown with the Pacers.
After spending two weeks and six games at home the Thunder got on their team charter and flew out to Sacramento yesterday.
The Thunder have only only played six road games this season and they split those, winning three and losing three.
After these two weeks at home though it would seem the Thunder are much better suited for the road games coming up because when you're at home you can also spend a lot of time on the practice floor and that's just what the team has done.
The young guys have gotten much more comfortable with their increased roles, Reggie Jackson is becoming the top backup point guard in the NBA and Jeremy Lamb is becoming more and more of a scoring threat off the bench.
The Thunder should be able to ease into the road trip with tonight's game against the Kings because once again it looks like they're not very good, coming in with just a 4-11 record and losers of four straight.
However, that last loss, coming against Golden State on Sunday was only by two points, 115-113 and we all know what a load those Warriors can be.
So maybe the guys from Sac-Town are getting a bit better.
We'll see tonight, speaking of getting better, there's no question the Portland trail Blazers have gotten better and apparently much better.
Portland is the second stop on the road trip and the Blazers beat none other than the Indiana Pacers last night. Indy had come in to Portland carrying the best record in the NBA at 16-1 and they left Oregon with a loss, 106-102. Portland is now 15-3 and leads the Northwest Division by a game and a half over the Thunder.
So there's the big challenge, especially since it comes on the second night of a back-to-back. The Thunder just can't be looking past the Kings tonight to the Blazers tomorrow night if they want to keep that seven game winning streak going.
The Thunder revenged an early season blowout loss in Minnesota by coming from behind to beat the T-Wolves 113-103. It was a historic night for Kevin Durant who finished with his fourth career triple double. He had 32 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals. That's the first time someone has hit those types of numbers in the same game since steals and blocks became official state in the 1973-74 season.
The Thunder are now 9-0 at home, the longest winning streak the Thunder has ever had to start a season.
So it was quite a night. Check out our latest Thunder Game Report video blog from inside The Peake.
No practices at home this week as the team hits the road, but we'll be updating our blogs just the same so keep checking back.
Former Thunder sixth man Kevin Martin is back in town, his first visit since signing with the Timberwolves over the summer. K-Mart is off to a great start, averaging 23 points a game and hitting 95 percent of his free throws. Kevin Love comes in as the NBA's leading rebounder at 13.7 a game.
However the T-Wolves have struggled lately losing seven of their last 11 games, however Minnesota picked up a win last night in Dallas against the Mavs.
The big news for the Thunder tonight is that center Kendrick Perkins will be able to play after dislocating his left ring finger on Friday night. It's the second time he's done that this season.
Check out our latest video blog from the arena and hear what both coaches had to say....
Check back after the game for interviews from inside the Thunder lockerroom.
The Thunder will catch a break tonight when they play the Golden State Warriors, Andre Iguodala is not with the team because of a hamstring injury. Team doctors thought it best he stay behind and rehab rather than go on this road trip.
It was Iggy who had a last second prayer of a shot answered against the Thunder when these two teams played in Oakland a couple of weeks ago.
His buzzer-beater spoiled a Thunder rally and that was the last time OKC lost game.
The Thunder had their worst defensive game in that contest against the Warriors giving up a season-high in points (116) and a season opponent high for field goal percentage (47.9). In contract to that, Oklahoma City is coming off one of its best defensive outings.
Wednesday night against the Spurs, the Thunder defense held San Antonio to just 39.1 percent, a season-low for the Spurs and gave up just 88 points.
The Spurs took 27 threes and missed 20 of them.
The Thunder would love to be able to hold Golden State to similar numbers.
With Iguodala out, that means one less shooter to have to worry about and maybe more importantly it takes one of the Warriors best defenders out of the mix too.
The Thunder have won five straight and are sitting pretty at 10-3 on the season, the Warriors are 9-7 and have lost three of their last four.
Our cameras will be in the lockerroom after the game tonight, so be sure to check back for post game reaction.
What a game from Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb off the bench tonight and what a great time for both those guys to turn it up a notch. Jackson tied his career high with 23 points and Lamb added a dozen. They combined to score 35 points on just 21 shots. Meanwhile, Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook managed just 30 points on 39 shots. Westbrook especially had a tough shooting night, going just 2-for-16.
Those two did a lot of other things though, KD pulled down 13 rebounds and finished as the game's leading scorer with 24 points. Russ dished eight assists and grabbed a couple of steals while hounding Tony Parker into a 6-for-16 shooting night.
The Spurs had come in rolling at 13-1 but the Thunder beat them at their own game with better defense, better ball movement and a solid inside game.
It all adds up to OKC's most impressive win of the season and we were inside the lockerroom for all the reaction.
The Thunder will take Thanksgiving off to be with family and friends and then will be right back at it on Friday night when the Golden State Warriors come to town.