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Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder preview

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has an NBA-best 19 triple-doubles this season. ... Westbrook brings the ball upcourt against the Minnesota Timberwolves during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Minneapolis.
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has an NBA-best 19 triple-doubles this season. ... Westbrook brings the ball upcourt against the Minnesota Timberwolves during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press

Kings (16-23) vs. Thunder (24-17)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Golden 1 Center

When: Sunday, 6 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140 AM

THREE KEYS

1. Start fast: So often this season, the Kings have looked lethargic out of the gate. Their 65 second-half points Friday night weren’t enough to overcome a 17-point deficit after the first quarter. They can’t keep putting themselves in a position of having to claw back into games.

2. Turnovers: The Kings committed 21 turnovers Friday that led to 26 points for the Cavaliers. That won’t help against an Oklahoma City team that ranks third in the league in fast-break points per game.

3. Lone star: Russell Westbrook is in the midst of a potentially historic season, already with 19 triple-doubles. He’s the NBA’s leading scorer. But if the Kings can contain his supporting cast, they’ll have a shot at their second win against the Thunder.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

G

17

Garrett Temple

G

8

Rudy Gay

F

43

Anthony Tolliver

F

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Thunder

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Russell Westbrook

G

5

Victor Oladipo

G

21

Andre Roberson

F

3

Domantas Sabonis

F

12

Steven Adams

C

Matt Kawahawa

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