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Oklahoma City holds off Kings 98-95

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures in the second quarter against the Kings in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Westbrook had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures in the second quarter against the Kings in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Westbrook had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The Associated Press

Player of the game: All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Thunder overcame a Kings rally in the fourth quarter to win 98-95 and send Sacramento to its third straight loss.

Turning point: Kevin Durant hit a jumper to give the Thunder a 96-95 lead with 23 seconds to play after DeMarcus Cousins missed two free throws that would have given the Kings a three-point lead. The Kings had a chance to respond on the next possession, but Rudy Gay turned the ball over without getting a shot off.

X-factor: The Kings missed 12 free throws, which proved costly in a close game.

Records: Kings 7-15, Thunder 12-8

Key injuries: Center Willie Cauley-Stein missed his second game because of an open dislocation of his right index finger.

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl speaks to the media after a 98-95 loss in Oklahoma City. Karl addresses the Kings late-game execution and struggles of center DeMarcus Cousins. Video by Jason Jones, jejones@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones' three takeaways from the Kings loss in Oklahoma City. Read the game story here:

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