OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Kings were dreadful in the first and third quarters during their 94-81 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Kings were outscored 60-28 in those two quarters.
The starters had it rough. Rudy Gay had just seven points. DeMarcus Cousins played only six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble and finished with only four points and four rebounds.
Gay shot 3 of 11, Cousins shot 2 of 8.
But it was a good night for some of the backups and Kings coach Michael Malone praised them.
I loved how that second group played tonight, Malone said. We won the second quarter, we won the fourth quarter and they left it all on the floor. They made mistakes, it wasnt perfect but I thought the effort they gave forth was inspiring.
Quincy Acy grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench. Jason Thompson had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Travis Outlaw had 17 points made a career-high five three pointers.
• The bench could get some help if Derrick Williams (illness) can play Saturday at Dallas. If Isaiah Thomas (right quad contusion) can play, Ray McCallum would return to the bench.
I brought my rosary beads so I will be on the plane tonight saying my prayers, Malone said. I think Isaiah may be able to go. Derrick said he was feeling better from the sickness ... but hopefully we will have one of those guys, if not both, but it is too early to give a definitive answer.