Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Basketball: Steven Adams injured again as OKC Thunder sneak past Sacramento Kings

Basketball: Steven Adams injured again as OKC Thunder sneak past Sacramento Kings

Oklahoma City improved to 7-3 since the All-Star break.

"I've been through it, through tough shooting nights", George said. "The way (the Kings) were playing, they made a decision they were really gonna try to pack the paint, and they really tried to take away our penetration".

So the Thunder launched from long range.

But they won - that's all we can ask for at this stage of the season.

Of the Thunder's final 13 games of the regular season, 11 will be against playoff teams or teams contending for the playoffs.

OKC trailed 79-78 heading into the fourth quarter as the Kings refused to go away down the stretch.

Steven Adams is getting banged from pillar to post as the Oklahoma City Thunder look to secure their spot in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

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Corey Brewer added 16 points for the Thunder, who shot 45 percent from the field for the game.

The Thunder led by as many as 10 points during the match but were never able to run up an insurmountable lead against the Kings.

Paul George and Carmelo Anthony finished with 21 points apiece to pace the Thunder, with Anthony knocking down five of his seven triples on a night when OKC made 16 shots from beyond the arc (from 36 attempts). All three of OKC's fourth-quarter 3-pointers came from reserves, a pair from Abrines and one from Terrance Ferguson.

Russell Westbrook posted his 20th triple-double of the season, and 99th of his career, in the win, finishing with 17 points (7/19 FG, 2/3 3PT), 10 rebounds, 11 assists and just two turnovers.

But what kept the Thunder from losing its grip early was sharp shooting from Anthony, George and Westbrook.

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