Players of the game: DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 13 points, nine rebounds and 19 assists as the Kings won in Oklahoma City for the first time, 116-104 Monday night. The Kings were 0-14 in Oklahoma City since the latter franchise moved from Seattle in 2008 and became the Thunder. The win also moved Kings coach George Karl into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time victory list with 1,156, passing Phil Jackson.
Turning point: After trailing 31-14 in the first quarter, the Kings responded with a 17-0 run. Sacramento took the lead in the second quarter, and after a tight third quarter, pulled away in the fourth.
X-factor: The Kings’ bench was extremely effective, led by Marco Belinelli’s 21 points.
Records: Kings 14-20, Thunder 24-11
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Key injuries: Kings forward Omri Casspi (sore upper back) sat out. The Thunder was missing All-Star Kevin Durant (sprained right big toe).